Post Doc Application in Immunology - Winer and Andersen labs

Postdocs Novato, California


Dan Winer and Julie Andersen Co-supervisor

The Winer and Andersen labs at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging are interested in studying how the immune system influences chronic inflammation during aging and neurodegenerative diseases of aging. We’re looking for an independent and highly motivated recent PhD or MD/PhD graduate with a strong background in immunology to study mechanisms of inflammation with age using mouse models and human samples. One focus of this project will be understanding the Gut-Brain axis in aging.

The Winer lab at the Buck Institute studies how the immune system influences metabolic syndrome and aging (see sample lab papers: Tsai et al Cell Metab 2018, 922-34; Ghazarian et al Science Immunol 2017, Apr 21; Winer et al Cell Metab 2016, 413-26; Luck et al Cell Metab 2015, 527-42; Winer et al Nature Med 2011, 610-7; Winer et al Nature Med 2009; 921-9).  We use immunology, molecular biology, including multi-omic assays, endocrinology, mouse models, and tissue culture assays to elucidate mechanisms by which immune cells and immune molecules influence inflammation in tissues.

The Andersen lab has a longstanding interest in understanding age-related mechanisms driving neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease and Parkinson’s disease (see sample lab papers: Chita et al Cell Rep. 2018, 930-940; Lee et al Mech Ageing Dev. 2021, 111585; Danielson SR. J Biol Chem 2011, 7601-8).   The lab has an emerging interest in the role of the Gut-Brain axis in these conditions. Dr. Andersen is a full Professor at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

The selected applicant will have the unique opportunity to work under the guidance of two experts, one in immunology, and one in neurodegenerative diseases, on a joint project during this post-doctoral position. The position will involve using multiple approaches primarily in mouse models to better understand inflammation and the Gut-Brain axis during aging and neurodegenerative diseases.

We’re looking for an independent and highly motivated recent PhD or MD/PhD graduate with a strong background in immunology.  Applicants should be ambitious with a desire to pursue academic research.  The successful post doc will be given a high impact project but will also have creative freedom to pursue their own ideas. Prior experience in immunological and molecular assays including immune cell culture assays, flow cytometry, Q-PCR, Western blotting, and ELISA is desirable, in addition to high volume experience with mouse handling.  Previous experience in processing gut and/or brain tissues is highly desirable.

The position is available very soon this year (desired starting frame is Apr 2022 – Sept 2022) at the Buck Institute for Research on Aging located in the San Francisco Bay region.

Interested candidates please send a CV and a cover letter including contact information for three professional references to Dan Winer and Julie Andersen (email below).  Selected applicants later will be asked to upload these documents to the Buck institute’s online application platform.

Please send documents to:  [email protected] , [email protected]

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