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Postdoctoral Position in Neural Tissue Engineering Available to Start ASAP!

Job Description: A post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Stephanie Seidlits in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA is available (start date ASAP). We are seeking candidates for a multidisciplinary project developing tissue-engineered models of midbrain tissue as platforms for screening therapeutics. The project will use biomaterial cultures with multi-organ-on-a-chip microphysiological systems. While the primary appointment is in the Seidlits lab, this is a highly collaborative project involving researchers at UCLA (Khademhoesseini and Maidment labs) and at Cedars Sinai (Svendsen lab). Please see project-related publications (PMID: 29576540, PMID: 28265064, PMID: 30615255) for more information. Specific responsibilities for the position include planning, execution and analysis of research studies, preparation of data for papers, grants and reporting to granting agencies, writing papers for publication.

 

Self-motivated candidates who hold a PhD or equivalent degree in an appropriate area are welcome to apply. Candidates must have experience in mammalian cell culture, and preferably primary neuron or stem cell culture. Experience in analysis of RNA sequencing data, biomaterials, molecular neuroscience and/or microfluidics is desired. Salary and benefits (including health insurance) will be provided according to UCLA policies (https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/working-at-ucla/postdocs/appointment-types-criteria/).

 

How to Apply: Applicants may email their CV (including primary interests, research experience, and technical expertise) and contact information for three references to Prof. Stephanie Seidlits (seidlits@g.ucla.edu).

 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.

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New article on hydrogel-mediated gene delivery. Congrats to Arshia!

An article “Injectable, hyaluronic acid-based scaffolds with macroporous architecture for gene delivery” has been accepted for publication in the annual Young Innovator issue of Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering, which will come out in October 2019. Congratulation to lead author, Arshia Ehsanipour, and all lab members who contributed as authors; including, Tommy Nguyen, Tasha Aboufadel, Mayilone Sathialingam, Phillip Cox, Weikun Xiao, and Chris Walthers.

Postdoctoral Position in Cancer Tissue Engineering Available for Jan. 2020!

Job Description: A post-doctoral position in the laboratory of Stephanie Seidlits in the Department of Bioengineering at UCLA is available (start date January 2020). We are seeking candidates for a multidisciplinary project developing tissue-engineered models of glioblastoma tumors as platforms for personalized medicine that can predict patient outcomes within a clinically actionable time frame. The project will use biomaterial cultures and murine xenografts to characterize the contributions of cell-matrix interactions to treatment resistance using techniques including RNA sequencing, flow cytometry, bioluminescence imaging and protein phosphorylation assays. Please see our lab website (http://seidlitslab.seas.ucla.edu/) and recent publications in this area (PMID 31028838, PMID: 29282221, PMID: 30199037) for more information. The Seidlits lab is a highly collaborative environment. The position will involve working with other researchers in the lab (e.g., graduate students) and collaborators at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Specific responsibilities will include planning, execution and analysis of research studies, preparation of data for papers and grants, and writing papers for publication.

Self-motivated candidates who hold a PhD or equivalent degree in an appropriate area are welcome to apply. Candidates must have experience in mammalian cell culture. Experience in cancer biology, neuroscience, analysis of RNA sequencing data, biomaterials, tumor xenografts and/or computational biology is desired. Salary and benefits (including health insurance) will be provided according to UCLA policies (https://grad.ucla.edu/funding/working-at-ucla/postdocs/appointment-types-criteria/).

How to Apply: Applicants may email their CV (including primary interests, research experience, and technical expertise) and contact information for three references to Prof. Stephanie Seidlits (seidlits@g.ucla.edu).

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: https://policy.ucop.edu/doc/4000376/DiscHarassAffirmAction.

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The Seidlits lab has been selected for an R Bridge Award from the UCLA Center for Translational Science Institute with matching funds from the Department of Bioengineering.

The Seidlits lab has been awarded an R Bridge Award from the UCLA CTSI for our work using tissue-engineered models of the interface between glioblastoma and its associated blood vessels for systematic characterization of the mechanisms by which blood vessels promote GBM cells to migrate away from primary tumors, eventually leading to tumor recurrence. The Department of Bioengineering has provided matching funds for this award. Thank you to the CTSI and BE for your support!

The Seidlits lab has been selected for an Innovation Award by the Broad Stem Cell Research Center. Thank you to the BSCRC!

The Seidlits lab has been selected for an Innovation Award by the UCLA BSCRC. These seed funds will be used on a research project titled “Towards combinatorial therapies for spinal cord injury: Development of biomaterials as a conductive interface between the spinal cord, transplanted stem cells and microelectrode arrays”. This is a highly interdisciplinary effort in collaboration with the labs of Prof. Nasim Annabi, Prof. Wentai Liu and Prof. Reggie Edgerton.

Congrats to Rebecca for receiving an NIH Biotechnology Training Grant Fellowship!

Rebecca has received a 2-year training fellowship (NIH T32GM067555) to support her research in spinal cord injury repair under the co-mentorship of Dr. Seidlits and Dr. Reggie Edgerton. Rebecca is working to develop a hydrogel biomaterial that can provide a conductive, biocompatible interface with the spinal cord to enable the success of two promising therapies: 1) epidural electrical stimulation through wireless microelectrode arrays and 2) neural stem/progenitor cell transplants. Congratulations to Rebecca on this impressive accomplishment!

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