The Hiebert lab in the Department of Biochemistry has an open need for a Research Assistant I.Work in the Heibert lab seeks to define the epigenetic and genetic mechanisms underlying leukemia and lymphoma development and progression and to use this information to develop novel therapeutic strategies. More information about the lab can be found at https://medschool.vanderbilt.edu/hiebert-lab/. We are seeking a highly motivated individual who will, under direct supervision, contribute to the execution of experiments.
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Duties and Responsibilities:
Use CRISPR/Cas9 to engineer novel cancer cell lines that will complement the characterization of transgenic mouse models of leukemia and lymphoma.
Utilize biochemical and genomic approaches to define the function and composition of oncogenic transcriptional complexes in both mouse and human model systems.
Experiments will include:
Basic animal handling and tissue collection
Analyze mouse blood cells populations and/or determine levels of cell proliferation and cell death by flow cytometry
Use Microsoft excel and Prism to perform statistical analysis of results
Keep detailed records of findings and communicate the results of studies
Tissue culture and molecular biology techniques such as PCR, cloning, CRISPR/CAS9 mutagenesis, and western blot analysis.
Degree in biochemistry, biology, or related field
Experience and/or comfort with animal handling
Experience with tissue culture preferred
Experience using Excel and Power Point
Experience in molecular biology techniques including PCR and western blotting preferred
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