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Post-doctoral Fellow position

A full-time Post-doctoral Fellow position is available in the Ahn laboratory. The fellow will have opportunities to investigate the role of ghrelin and mitochondria on muscle weakness in cancer cachexia and sarcopenia. The lab is currently funded to perform skeletal muscle research, while aiming to add cardiac research in these pathological conditions. Ahn lab belongs to the Section of Gerontology and Geriatric Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist School of Medicine.

We are a basic science laboratory testing an intervention using ghrelin on sarcopenia and cancer cachexia, while elucidating mechanisms of muscle wasting and weakness using transgenic mouse models. The lab is currently funded to test the role of unacylated ghrelin in sarcopenia and cancer cachexia. We will use various experimental techniques ranging from cell cultures, state-of-the-art mitochondrial functional assays (high resolution respirometry and fluorometry), muscle contractile function assays, and a wide variety of molecular biology assays, and unbiased omics approaches (RNAseq, proteomics, and metabolomics). The lab is involved in clinical research with the faculty in the Claude Pepper Older Americans Independence Center and will have access to human muscle biopsies from large clinical trials in the elderly. In parallel, we also investigate the effect of redox imbalance in the pathogenesis of cancer cachexia. Several unique gain-of-function and loss-of-function models are used to test the causal effects of oxidative stress and free radicals in muscle wasting and weakness. With the lab’s expertise in mitochondrial bioenergetics, there will be collaborative opportunities with multiple research groups at the Wake Forest Medical Center.

Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist is a preeminent academic health system based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina and part of Atrium Health Enterprise. Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist’s two main components are an integrated clinical system – anchored by Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, an 885-bed tertiary-care hospital in Winston-Salem, that includes Brenner Children’s Hospital, five community hospitals, more than 300 primary and specialty care locations and more than 2,700 physicians; and Wake Forest University School of Medicine, the academic core of Atrium Health Enterprise and a recognized leader in experiential medical education and groundbreaking research that includes Wake Forest Innovations, a commercialization enterprise focused on advancing health care through new medical technologies and biomedical discovery.

Postdoctoral fellow will receive structured and extensive training by the PI and collaborating investigators in the department of Internal Medicine. The fellow is expected to design and conduct research experiments; manage research projects; prepare reports and papers for publication, presentation, and future research; contribute to grant writing and are encouraged to write applications for fellowships. Candidates with US citizenship or residency may be able to apply for a T32 postdoctoral fellowship.

Qualifications:

  • PhD, MD, or equivalent degree in biomedical sciences
  • Fluent writing and verbal communication skills in English
  • Preferred) a track record of productivity
  • Preferred) experience in mitochondrial bioenergetics, redox biology, or muscle research

Application Instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following documents via email to: [email protected] 1) a cover letter outlining your research interests and goals, and 2) a curriculum vitae (CV) that includes lists of publications and contact information for three professional references. Reference letters are not required at this stage but will be considered during the final selection process.