Two Postdoctoral Positions in Systems Cancer
NYU School of Medicine
We are looking for highly motivated scientists with great communication skills and collaborative spirit and love for science. The projects will mainly focus on cancer genetics and aneuploidy as described below.
The maintenance of a normal complement of the genome is a requirement for the success of multicellular organisms. Aneuploidy refers to the presence of an abnormal (lower or higher than euploid) number of chromosomes or chromosome arms (segmental aneuploidy). Although detrimental at the organismal level, aneuploidy is extremely frequent (~90%) in human tumors (Beroukhim et al., 2010). Despite the fact that aneuploidy is so frequent in cancer, little is known about whether and how aneuploidy contributes to tumorigenesis and how aneuploidy could be targeted for cancer therapy.
We recently conducted a combined analysis of point mutation and copy number data in primary human tumor samples and demonstrated that the distribution and potency of cancer driver genes on each chromosome or chromosome arm can predict the frequency of whole chromosome or chromosome arm aneuploidy across cancers (Davoli et al., 2013). This suggests that the recurrent patterns of aneuploidy in cancer act as driver events during tumorigenesis. More recently, we expanded the analysis on datasets from primary human tumors and have identified an interesting relationship between the level of cancer aneuploidy and the extent of tumor immune infiltrate (Davoli et al., 2017). Our ongoing research interest is to determine whether and how cancer aneuploidy regulates different aspects of cancer development utilizing a combination of experimental and computational approaches.
What we offer
Two Postdoctoral positions are available for a wet-lab project, a dry-lab project or a combination of both. Applicants with a background in genetics/molecular biology and/or bioinformatics are encouraged to apply. The Postdoctoral Researcher will have the opportunity to receive training on the use of state-of-the-art cancer genetics approaches and genomics analyses of patients’ datasets. The projects may require working with mice, including mouse models of human tumors, which will enable testing hypotheses that result from in vitro experiments. The Postdoctoral Researcher will be fully engaged with the intellectual activities in the lab and be responsible for organizing, processing, and reporting data.
Starting date: after November 2018
• PhD in biology or bioinformatics or M.D.
• Strong research background in cell biology, cancer biology or genome instability
• Very good publication record
• Great interest and excitement for systems genetics and cancer
About the new Institute for Systems Genetics @ NYU School of Medicine
The Institute for Systems Genetics (ISG) at NYU School of Medicine was established in January 2014 by Jef Boeke, PhD, with the mission of performing innovative science in the fields of systems biology and genetics/genomics. At the ISG, we work with a diverse group of human- and model-organism geneticists, technology developers in “omics,” computational biologists, and scientists using an engineering approach to biology. We work closely with genomics, proteomics and we partner with academic, research, and industry organizations, including the New York Genome Center in Manhattan.
Dr. Teresa Davoli; Teresa.Davoli@nyumc.org