Research Assistant II - Molecular & Cellular Biology - Van Nostrand

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7074278 (Ref:5832-en_US)

Posted: January 20, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Purpose

The Department of Molecular and Cellular Biology at Baylor College of Medicine delivers cutting-edge research focused on cancer biology, stem cell biology, developmental biology, and neurobiology. The J-Van Nostrand lab is a CPRIT funded laboratory studying the role of metabolic check points in hepatocellular and lung carcinoma, using novel genetically-engineered and humanized mouse models. The selected individual will be an enthusiastic, detail-oriented individual performing lab maintenance, basic cell culture work including primary cells, animal studies in metabolism and cancer, and maintaining the mouse colony.

The results of the research and their findings will result in additional funding and findings of the needed research in the area of understanding the role of metabolic checkpoints in the development of hepatocellular carcinoma, especially in the context of metabolic disease such as obesity and Type II Diabetes.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments. These will included cell culture, western blot, PCR applications, mouse handling and colony maintenance, and mouse cancer and metabolomic studies.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data. These will include compiling data, analyzing results, making conclusions about the studies performed, and implementing follow-up studies or conclusions as necessary (ie identifying genotypes of mice to maintain mouse lines)
  • May establish new research protocols and procedures, including learning and implementing new mouse studies (ie humanized liver transplants) and setting up standard operating procedures for maintaining lab stocks and mouse colony.
  • Trains and orients less experienced research staff.
  • Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals as directed and reviewed by the PI. This will include generating figures and writing method and results sections for publication.
  • Join lab group meetings and share the results of their lab findings, including compiling study results, drawing conclusions, and presenting them in either small group or formal lab meetings.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Bachelor's degree in a Basic Science or a related field. 
  • Three years of relevant experience.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Master's degree in a related field.
  • Cell culture experience.
  • Previous experience with setting up mouse colonies and genotyping. 
  • Must have good organizational skills. 





Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.



Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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