The Park laboratory has an immediate opening for postdoctoral fellow positions in the Molecular and Integrative Physiological Sciences program at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health in Boston. The focus of our research is to examine the role of airway epithelial cells in health and disease. We recently discovered striking phenotypical changes of bronchial epithelial cell layer: unjamming and jamming transitions (Nature Materials, Park et al, 2015). These jamming and unjamming behavior could be critical for repair and regeneration of the airway. Also, we found that bronchial epithelial cells are a source of extracellular vesicles, which might be implicated in asthma pathogenesis (Am J Respir Cell Mol Biol, Mitchel JA, 2015). Using primary bronchial epithelial cells and mouse tracheal epithelial cells in air-liquid interface culture and mouse models of allergic asthma, we use biochemical and biophysical tools to determine the link between biophysics and biology in airway epithelial cells and their cooperative role in airway disease.
For more information, please visit: http://www.hsph.harvard.edu/park-lab/
Applicants must have a recent M.D. or Ph.D. in Biology, Biochemistry, Biomedical Engineering, or a related field. Previous experience with lung biology and mouse models of asthma or pulmonary fibrosis is required. Up to 3 years of support is available. Support from an NIH T32 training grant is available in the MIPS program.
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