A postdoctoral position is available to study C. elegans bah genes.
When C. elegans is exposed to the bacterium Yersinia pestis, the cause
of bubonic plague, the worm head becomes covered by a biofilm that
blocks feeding (Nature 2002, 417:243). This is a model for the
mechanism by which the bacteria colonize their natural vector, the
flea. The Darby lab is characterizing C. elegans mutants that are Bah
-- biofilm absent on head (International Worm Meeting 2003, abstract
288). The lab, which also studies other interactions between nematodes
and bacteria, is in the Department of Microbiology, University of
Alabama at Birmingham.
Molecular biology experience is essential, and experience with C.
elegans or another model genetic system is highly desirable. Please
send email containing CV, PDF reprints, contact information for
references, and a brief description of previous and current research to
creg at uab.edu.
Creg Darby, Ph.D.
Department of Microbiology
University of Alabama at Birmingham
creg at uab.edu