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MSc/PhD opportunities in aging and immunity - Health Sciences North Research Institute

Province: Sudbury, Ontario
Position: MSc/PhD opportunities in aging and immunity
Deadline: April 30, 2023

Job Description / Duties

The Verschoor laboratory is looking for ambitious individuals interested in completing an MSc or PhD in aging and immunity, with an emphasis on the causes and consequences of age-related inflammation in the context of health trajectories, host-pathogen interactions or vaccine responses. Current funded projects aim to reveal the epigenomic (ie. DNA methylation), transcriptomic and functional alterations to monocytes and macrophages with age and chronic inflammation. Our laboratory in situated at the Health Sciences North Research Institute in Sudbury, Ontario (hsnri.ca) and is affiliated with the School of Natural Sciences at Laurentian University (laurentian.ca/school/natural-sciences).

Qualifications / Required Skills

The successful applicant should be interested in cytokine signalling and immune cell activation from the lens of systems biology. Those with significant experience in cell culture, especially of primary cells such as peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs), and the analysis of “OMICs” type datasets (eg. microarrays, RNAseq, DNA methylation arrays, etc.) are encouraged to apply. Other important laboratory skills include flow cytometry, quantitative and non-quantitative PCR, western blots, ELISAs and molecular cloning. Applicants whose skill set leans more towards statistical programming and data visualization, especially using tools such as R and Python, are also encouraged to apply. However, building a strong foundation in biostatistics will be critical for any prospective project, regardless of the applicant’s background.

Additional Information

Interested applicants should contact Dr. Chris Verschoor (cverschoor@hsnri.ca), making sure to include a 100-250 word statement of interest, CV, unofficial transcript of recent studies, and contact information for 2 references.

Contact Information

Dr. Chris Verschoor, cverschoor@hsnri.ca

Employer Profile

Research and innovation are important elements of what we do at Health Sciences North. Through Health Sciences North Research Institute (HSNRI), the affiliated research institute of HSN, we are working together along with local training and health sciences research intense institutions like NOSM University, Laurentian University to support learning opportunities and generating research and innovation that improves health outcomes for the people of Northeastern Ontario.

Our research programs have a long-standing track record of success. Making new discoveries and contributing to a variety of scientific fields, our researchers are leaders in finding new innovative ways to treat patients and improve healthcare.