Mentor: Ichiro Nakano, MD, PhD, Professor, Department of Neurosurgery, co-Director of Brain SPORE, Director for Office of Laboratory Research, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, AL,

We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to participate in an NIH-funded study of molecular mechanisms and therapy development for brain cancers targeting their stem cells. The primary role of the position will be to perform experiments with patient-derived cancer stem cells and their xenograft models in mouse brains. In addition, the fellow can work on developmental therapeutics with the existing collaborators in various scientific fields. The fellow will have responsibility for all aspects of the project from data collection and analysis to preparation of scientific publications. No specific prior experience is needed but those who seek for academic independent career are welcome. Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent. The appointment is set for 6 months, followed by annual renewal in case of mutual agreement. Salary is commensurate with experience and NIH guidelines. Our laboratory has an established track record in the field of brain cancer and cancer stem cells as demonstrated by our recent publications in well-respected journals. Below is the current funding for this lab:

R01CA183991 (PI: Nakano)
02/15/2015 - 01/31/2020
Novel role of compensatory proliferation in human brain tumor

R01CA201402 (PI: Cerione, Nakano)
12/04/2015 - 11/30/2020
The roles of a unique GTP-binding protein/crosslinking enzyme in disease

R01NS093843 (PI: Cheng)
09/01/2015 - 05/31/2020
Glioblastoma Phenotype Modulation Through miRNA Control of Wnt Signaling

R25NS079188 (PI: Standaert)
UAB Research and Education Program in Neuroscience.

R01CA208851 (PI: Turkson)
03/01/2017 - 02/28/2022
STAT3, G6PD AND TRxR as Underlying Mechanisms for Antitumor Responses to Hirsutinolides

P30CA013148 (PI: Birrer)
04/01/2016 – 03/31/2022
Comprehensive Cancer Center Core Support Grant - Neuro-Oncology Program

R01NS107071 (PI: Nakano)
05/01/2019 – 03/31/2024
Radiation-Induced Crosstalk of Immune Glioma Stem Cells

R01NS113631 (PI: Nakano)      
Brain Tumor Recurrence via Signals from Vascular Endothelial Cells

R01NS113644 (PI: Nakano)
Crosstalk in Spatially-distinct Brain Tumor Cells

R01 TBD (PI: Godlewski)
Enhancing Immunotherapy with Extracellular MicroRNA Therapeutics
R01 TBD (PI: Kornblum)
Radiation Induced Vascular Reprogramming in Glioblastoma

R01AG065878 (PI: Nakano)
Aging Develops Pro-Tumorigenic Microenvironment in the Brain

The University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) is one of America’s premier research universities, ranking among the top 25 in funding from the National Institutes of Health. UAB is consistently ranked as one of the top places for post-doctoral studies in the country. It has an office of Postdoctoral education that offers many career training opportunities (, and has a vibrant neuroscience community (

Interested candidates should forward a cover letter, CV, and names of 3 references to:

Dr. Ichiro Nakano
Professor, Department of Neurosurgery

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.

Spanning more than 100 city blocks, UAB is the state of Alabama’s largest single employer with some 25,000 employees and has an annual, state-wide economic impact exceeding $7.15 billion. U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 “America’s Best Graduate Schools” ranks 14 UAB graduate programs among the nation’s top 25 and 10 UAB specialties were ranked among the nation’s top 50 in the magazine’s 2018-2019 Best Hospitals report. UAB research grants and awards are at a record high, exceeding $527 million in FY18, including $320 million in NIH funding for FY18. UAB ranks 31st among all universities in federal research funding and 15th among public universities. UAB's NIH funding continues to grow among peer institutions in the Southeast and beyond, with the university ranking 20th among all universities in NIH funding and eighth among public universities. The UAB School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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