Postdoctoral Position in applying light sheet microscopy to understanding algal-spotted salamander endosymbiosis
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. David Matus at Stony Brook University to investigate symbiotic and developmental processes with Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy. We have funding for a minimum of one year of postdoctoral support to develop protocols for extensive in vitro and in vivo imaging of cell invasion processes with a focus on the tissue and cellular entry of endosymbiotic algae as they enter their spotted salamander embryo hosts (Ambystoma maculatum). This work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in collaboration with researchers from University of Arizona, the Bigelow Marine Laboratory, and Gettysburg College (see Shelf Life Episode 11). The project will combine molecular biology, embryology, cell biology, and extensive light sheet imaging. Preferred candidates will have backgrounds in light sheet and/or confocal microscopy, working with modern tissue clearing and staining methodologies and interests in advanced imaging methods at the intersections of cell and developmental biology with ecology and evolution. My laboratory is a part of a modern and well-equipped Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. For further information on our work, please see the following publications on techniques, cell invasion, and the symbiosis.