MOLECULAR MECHANISMS OF PLASTID DIVISION
A postdoctoral position is available to investigate the molecular
mechanisms of chloroplast division in higher plants. Studies will focus on
the role of a recently discovered gene from Arabidopsis called cpFtsZ
(Nature 376: 473-474, 1995--Aug 10 issue) in the plastid division process.
cpFtsZ is a nuclear-encoded, chloroplast-localized homologue of bacterial
cell division protein FtsZ and is the first gene isolated from any
eukaryote with a probable function in organelle replication. Experiments
will include analysis of localization, expression, and manipulation in
transgenic plants. Experience in molecular techniques essential.
Experience in light or electron microscopy or biochemical techniques
helpful but not essential. The position is at the University of Nevada,
Reno. Reno is located just east of the Sierra Nevada Mountains about 40
minutes from Lake Tahoe and offers outstanding recreational opportunities,
spectacular scenery, and a near-perfect climate. UC Davis is 2 1/2 hours
and San Francisco 4 1/2 hours to the west. Please send CV, brief statement
of research experience, and three letters of reference to Dr. Katherine
Osteryoung, Dept. of Biology /314, University of Nevada, Reno, NV 89557.
Phone (702) 784-6258, FAX (702) 784-1650, email oster_k at med.unr.edu.
Position open until filled. The University of Nevada is an Affirmative
Action/Equal Opportunity employer.