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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions in Microbiology and Single Cell Studies-University of Maryland, College Park

Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Jiqiang (Lanny) Ling at University of Maryland, College Park to study microbiology, single cells, and antibiotic resistance. The Ling lab is interested in combining state-of-the-art single-cell, microbiology, biochemical, genetic, genomic, and proteomic approaches to understand the mechanisms and disease connections of the protein synthesis machinery. Recent work from the Ling lab has been published in leading journals such as Molecular Cell, New England Journal of Medicine, Nucleic Acids Research, and American Journal of Human Genetics. For more information please visit Dr. Ling’s website: https://cbmg.umd.edu/faculty/lanny-ling/

UMD is a vibrant place to work, home to three Nobel laureates, five Pulitzer Prize recipients, and more than 40 members of the most prestigious national academies. The 1,250 acre campus is centrally located on the Baltimore, Annapolis and Washington, D.C. corridor; the nexus of the nation’s legislative, executive, and judicial centers of power. With Maryland’s stature as one of the nation’s premier public research universities, and our exceptional community of faculty, staff, and students, there has never been a better time to be part of this great University. The postdoctoral positions will be supported by NIH funding with competitive salary. Highly motivated candidates with bacteriology, yeast biology, and microscopy expertise are particularly encouraged to apply. If interested, please contact Dr. Ling at jling12@umd.edu and include a brief description of research interests, career goals and a detailed CV.

Heterogeneity of Translational Errors in Single Cells. Protein synthesis noise (heterogeneity) is poorly understood. We have recently developed a novel system to quantitate translational errors in single cells, and show that stop codon readthrough is heterogeneous in a genetically identical population of bacterial cells. We are currently interested in how such heterogeneity affects adaptation of the bacterial population to changing environments, such as stress conditions, biofilm, and host-pathogen interactions. (Fan et al., 2017, Molecular Cell, featured article).  

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