Mentor: Dr. Lufang Zhou opens a new website, Department of Medicine, Division of Cardiovascular Disease

A postdoctoral researcher position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Lufang Zhou in the Department of Medicine at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. This NIH-funded project aims to develop innovative mitochondrial-targeted therapies for the treatment of heart disease. Loss of mitochondrial function has been implicated in the pathogenesis of heart failure; however, our knowledge about the role of cardiomyocyte mitochondria in pathological cardiac remodeling during heart failure development remains limited. Our laboratory has developed an innovative mitochondrial-targeted optogenetic approach capable of specifically and dynamically controlling cardiomyocyte mitochondria both ex vivo and in vivo. This project will employ this approach to induce gain or loss of cardiomyocyte mitochondrial function, and explore the therapeutic or pathological effect on cardiac functions.

We seek a motivated and creative individual who will be encouraged to develop their own research within the overall scope of this project. The successful applicant will also be encouraged to take advantage of the career development opportunities offered by the UAB Office of Postdoctoral Education. UAB ranks consistently as one of the top locations among US universities for training postdoctoral scholars.

The Zhou Lab is also an integral part of the broader interdisciplinary cardiovascular bioengineering research community at UAB, which includes the Comprehensive Cardiovascular Research Center opens a new website. The Department of Medicine opens a new website offers a strong and supportive research environment, with an excellent track record in mentorship and postdoctoral training.

  • Start date: Immediate
  • Salary: Salary is commensurate with the UAB guidelines for postdoctoral researchers


  1. Candidates must have a doctoral level degree (MD and/or PhD) in physiology, biomedical science, biomedical engineering, biology, or a related field.
  2. The ideal applicant should be creative, motivation driven, and capable of working independently.
  3. In addition to strong cell and molecular biology skills, individuals with experience in rodent handling and surgery, cell and tissue imaging/microscopy, or mitochondrial biology are strongly encouraged to apply.
  4. A background in optogenetics, while useful, is not essential.
  5. The ideal candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong analytical and communication skills.


Interested individuals should contact Dr. Lufang Zhou via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. and provide the following documents:

  1. A cover letter including a brief summary of past research experience and future career goals.
  2. Curriculum vitae.
  3. Contact information for three references.

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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.

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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 over 26,000 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 Heersink School of Medicine is ranked 21st among medical schools in NIH funding and eighth among public medical schools.

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