Mentor:  Sooryanarayana Varambally, Ph.D. Professor, Department of Pathology and C O’Neal Comprehensive Cancer Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham, WTI  420B, 1824 6th Avenue South, Birmingham, AL  35294-3300 Ph:205-996-1653 E-mail:

A Postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sooryanarayana Varambally to identify and investigate the role of potential oncogenes and therapeutic targets in solid tumors, particularly in prostate, bladder and breast cancers.

We use functional genomic, proteomic and bioinformatics approaches to study cancer. Specific research interest include (1), Integrative analysis of high throughput data to identify candidate oncogenes, tumor suppressor genes and microRNAs in cancer. (2), Investigate the role of identified genes in tumor progression and downstream signaling. (3), Develop strategy to inhibit potential oncogenes using small molecule inhibitor.  (4) Upgrading and updating integrative cancer bioinformatics data analyses tool “UALCAN” ( Please refer to relevant publications from the group for more details.  Nature, (2002) 419:624-9. Cancer Cell. 2005 Nov;8(5):393-406. Science. 2008 Dec 12;322(5908):1695-9.  Cancer Cell. 2011;16;20:187-99.  Neoplsia, 2017 Aug;19(8):649-658

Candidates should have a PhD, MD, or MD, PhD.  Strong experience in molecular and cell biology methods, in vitro experiments and small animal studies are needed. Good track record of publications is valuable. Independent thinking and working in a team environment is encouraged. Candidates are expected to have strong written and communication skills.  Interested candidate please send a CV along with statement of research interests, career goals and contact information for three references to:

Sooryanarayana Varambally, Ph.D.
Professor and Director of Integrative Translational Oncologic Pathology Research 
Department of Pathology and Comprehensive Cancer Center
University of Alabama at Birmingham
WTI  420B, 1824 6th Avenue South,
Birmingham, AL  35294-3300


About our Postdoc Office:

UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines. Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards. The Office of Postdoctoral Education strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

About the University:

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is a research university and academic health center that discovers, teaches, and applies knowledge for the intellectual, cultural, social, and economic benefit of Birmingham, the state, and beyond. UAB is internationally renowned for its intensely collaborative culture that has — for more than five decades — produced breakthroughs in education, health care, research, and service. UAB was ranked #1 in the United States, and in the top 10 worldwide, in the Times Higher Education World University Rankings, 2018 Young University Rankings.

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