Mentor: Dr. Rakesh Patel opens a new website, Department of Pathology

Postdoctoral position is immediately available for a highly motivated candidate to work on an NIH funded translational and collaborative project between the laboratories of Dr. Rakesh Patel (Department of Pathology) and Dr Amit Gaggar (Department of Medicine, Division of Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care). The project focuses on the role of matrikines (matrix derived chemokines), exosomal proteases and redox mediators in modulating sterile and infectious acute lung injury. The major focus is to investigate the interplay between free heme and PGP-peptides to affect pulmonary endothelial (CXCR2) permeability and inflammation. Proposed mechanism finding studies will involve model systems, including cells and genetically modified mouse models. These studies will be complemented by bench to bedside studies evaluating patient derived specimens with a focus on identification of novel biomarkers of acute lung injury and inflammation. The initial appointment will be for one year with the possibility of extension contingent on satisfactory performance. Salary will follow NIH guidelines commensurate with training and experience.


Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in biomedical science or related discipline are encouraged to apply. The successful candidate should have a proven track record with publications. Strong motivation, good communication skills and the ability to work independently are required. Prior experience in relevant fields including e.g. cell culture, animal handling, cardiopulmonary physiology and molecular biology techniques is desirable.


Interested candidates should submit CV, a cover letter detailing research experience, and contact details of three references to:

Rakesh Patel, PhD
Division of Molecular and Cellular Pathology,
Department of Pathology
University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).
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