Mentor: Ammar Saadoon Alishlash, MD,  Assistant Professor, Department of Pediatrics, UAB School of Medicine,

A Postdoctoral position is open to study mechanisms of pulmonary pathobiology in sickle cell lung disease. The opportunity entails basic-translational research to study 1) pulmonary complications of Sickle Cell Disease (SCD) and 2) development of pulmonary vasculature and 3) pulmonary hypertension in the context of SCD. The focus of Dr. Alishlash’s laboratory is on etiology, pathogenesis, and management of acute chest syndrome and chronic pulmonary hypertension in humanized SCD mouse model both in vitro and in vivo.

Interested candidates must have PhD in biologic sciences or related disciplines. Highly motivated applicants are required to have strong background in pulmonary physiology and cellular and molecular biology. Experience in the following areas are highly desirable: (a) Standard molecular techniques including molecular cloning, PCR, RT PCR, RNA and DNA isolations, miRNA, and protein purification and analysis, (b) Cell culture techniques and transfections, (c) Lung morphometric techniques and imaging, and (e) Animal husbandry and colony management. Minor surgical procedures (e.g., sample collections, organ harvesting, tail snap, ear punch) will be performed. Successful candidates are expected to design, perform and interpret experiments, as well as prepare scientific data for manuscripts and oral presentation.

Candidates should submit the following items:

  •     Cover letter indicating current and future research interests and expected availability date
  •     Curriculum Vitae
  •     Description of past research experience and accomplishments
  •     Names and contact information of three references

To apply for this position or for more information, please contact Dr Saadoon at

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About the Division of Pediatric Pulmonary and Sleep Medicine:

The Pediatric Pulmonary division at UAB is a leader in all facets of academic medicine including care, education, and research. It includes 15 faculty members and nearly 85 divisional personnel dedicated to advancing our understanding and treatment of pediatric pulmonary disorders. It is the home of the MCHB-funded Pediatric Pulmonary Center (PPC), the UAB CFFT Therapeutic Development Network Translational Research Center, the UAB Center for CFTR Detection Core within the CFFT-TDN, a CFF accredited CF Care Center, and the Translational Research in Normal and Disordered Development (TReNDD) Program. It supports subspecialty fellowship training in both Pediatric Pulmonology and Sleep Medicine, and master's level training in nursing, social work, nutrition, and respiratory therapy.

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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 250 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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 OPE 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.