The Vogel lab at the University of Georgia is recruiting a postdoctoral scientist to study functional evolution of peptide hormone receptors in mosquito reproduction as part of an NIH-sponsored project. Comparative genomics revealed a number of peptide hormone receptors that lack a known ligand in Ae. aegypti and other vector mosquito species. Several of these receptors are highly expressed in reproductive tissues following a bloodmeal, suggesting they are coordinating some aspect of mosquito reproduction. We are seeking to characterize the ligands of these receptors and determine what aspects of mosquito physiology they regulate.
Preferred skills include proficiency any of the following areas: molecular biology, especially cell culture, immunocytochemistry/immunoblotting, protein expression, RNAi and HLPC. Other desirable skills include manipulation of next-generation sequence data and phylogenetic inference.
The University of Georgia is located in Athens, a medium-sized college town located 70 miles east of Atlanta, frequently listed among the best college towns in the US. The Appalachian mountains are within a 2 hour drive and the ocean is within 5. It is known for its vibrant music and culinary scene, as well as is affordable cost of living.
If you are interested, please contact Kevin Vogel at email@example.com.