Postdoctoral Research Assoc. III - Division of Gastroenterology & Hepatology (UA Internal Only)

University of Arizona Tucson, AZ
- Why are we more susceptible to gastrointestinal cancers as we age? - Are there ways to screen for cancer susceptibility BEFORE it develops? - What is the role of the micro-organisms that live in your gut? To address these questions, the laboratory of Dr. Juanita Merchant investigates how chronic inflammation in the stomach and colon leads to gastric and colon cancer. In addition, how enteric glial cells contribute to neuroendocrine tumor growth, will also be investigated. The laboratory uses a combination of technologies from molecular and cellular biology to whole genome analysis (NextGen Sequencing) of patient DNA to identify gene mutations and signaling pathways that might provide novel targets for therapy and the development of biomarkers to predict cancer susceptibility. Microbial (16S) gene profiling is used to identify bacterial species and their byproducts, e.g., butyrate that can protect the colon against inflammation and cancer. The trainee will a) develop expertise to make the transition to independence, e.g., writing manuscripts, fellowship grant applications based on his/her research results; b) learn to present their work clearly in oral presentations and c) working as a member of the principal investigator's research team. Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more! The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America's Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. For more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services, please click here.