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Master student position in the field of immunology/ mRNA technology/ nanoparticles/ gene editing tools

Posted by , on 22 March 2023

Location: Pittsburgh

Closing Date: 30 April 2023

The laboratory of Dr. Samira Kiani at the University of Pittsburgh has an immediate opening for an outstanding, highly motivated, and self-driven master student to join a collaborative research program on engineering immune tolerance by combining mRNA technologies, nanoparticles and epigenetic editing.

Kiani’s lab is interested in using the designer DNA binding proteins such as Clustered Regularly Interspaced Short Palindromic Repeat (CRISPR) and Zinc Finger proteins to develop novel editing tools to address safety of gene therapies and develop strategies to engineer immune response. This project aims to specifically engineer immune tolerance against any desired antigen. The ideal candidate has interest and background in either of these fields: immunology, in vivo mouse models, mRNA technology, nanoparticles or gene editing tools.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications: Bsc degree in a related field of study (genetics, immunology, biology, bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or cell biology). Technical experience at the bench including basic molecular biology, immunology, cell culture, western blot, RNA extraction and qRT-PCR.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Samira Kiani ( with their CV, cover letter, and contact information of at least two referees included in the email.

Closing Date: 30 April 2023

Scientific fields: Cell biology, Chromatin and epigenetics, Gene regulation

Model systems:

Duration: Fixed term

Minimum qualifications: Bsc in genetics, immunology, biology, bioengineering, molecular biology, and/or cell biology

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