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[Drosophila] Post-doctoral position available

fernanjj at muohio.edu fernanjj at muohio.edu
Fri Aug 4 15:52:14 EST 2006

An NSF funded POST-DOCTORAL POSITION is available to study cellular and
molecular mechanisms that underlie NEURON-FOUNDER CELL INTERACTIONS during
adult myogenesis in Drosophila. The long-term goals of the project are to
(1) Elucidate the mechanisms of neuron dependent control of myoblast
patterning and of muscle size (2) Compare adult myogenesis with embryonic
and vertebrate myogenesis in order to identify common themes and
variations (3) Develop the adult musculature as a model to study
nerve-dependent muscle patterning. The candidate will be involved in
examining muscle founder cells using time-lapse imaging and fluorescent
immunolabeling during myogenesis. The behavior and function of these
founder cells will be studied in normal and denervated conditions. In
addition, the candidate will be expected to develop a microarray based
approach to identify genes that are unique to adult myogenesis.

NOTE: This position ideal for a candidate who wishes to effectively
combine research and teaching skills in a university setting. In addition
to mentoring excellent undergraduate researchers, there is an optional
opportunity for teaching undergraduate courses in Developmental Biology,
Cell Biology and Neurobiology.

APPLICANTS should have a strong background in developmental/cell biology.
Experience with molecular genetic approaches is desirable. Submit a cover
letter including a brief statement of interest, CV and the names of 3
references to: Joyce Fernandes (fernanjj at muohio.edu). The earliest start
date is October 2006.

Fernandes JJ and Keshishian H (2005). Innervation regulates myoblast
proliferation in Drosophila. Developmental Biology,  277:493-505.

Fernandes JJ, Atreya KB, Desai KM, Hall RE, Patel MD, Desai AA, Mable JL,
Benham AE, Straessle, JL (2005) “Rac is involved in myoblast fusion as
well as proliferation during adult myogenesis in Drosophila”.
Developmental Biology, 285: 11-27.

OTHER RESEARCH PROJECTS in the lab include: Patterning of motor neuron
branching, Glial influences on motor neuron branching, and synapse
maturation during adult synaptogenesis.

Miami University is a state-assisted university of 21,000+ students
(including 1800 graduate students), established in 1809 and is the
second-oldest university in Ohio. It is located in Southwest Ohio, about
an hour’s driving distance from Cincinnati and Dayton. Columbus and
Indianapolis are approximately 2 hours away.

As a (Carnegie) Doctoral Intensive University, and ranked 6th behind such
institutions as Dartmouth and William and Mary, Miami attracts faculty
members who have a passion for advanced research and scholarship as well
as a commitment toward teaching. Of 9 doctoral programs offered at Miami
University, six are in the Natural sciences.  In addition to graduate
students, inclusion of undergraduate students is a key component of the
research programs.

Research in the biological sciences is carried out in four departments
Zoology, Botany, Microbiology, and Chemistry and Biochemistry. A common
building houses the three biological sciences departments as well as
common facilities such as the Center for Bioinformatics and Functional
Genomics, and Microscopy and Imaging. An interdepartmental program in Cell
and Molecular Biology, and cross listed courses between the four
departments facilitate regular interactions among research laboratories.

The Department of Zoology has 34 full-time faculty and 60 graduate
students. Research areas include:
•	Neurobiology (Neural regulation of pituitary function, Neural basis of
behavior, Mechanisms of neurotransmitter release and regulation, Neuronal
survival and neurodegeneration)
•	Developmental biology (lens and retina regeneration, neuromuscular
•	Cell Biology (microtubule-based motility, Sodium pumps  and membrane
transport, ECM and cellular differentiation)
•	Genetics (Molecular Evolution in Mammals, Fragile X protein function)
•	Ecology (Aquatic Ecology, Behavioral Ecology, Conservation,
Environmental toxicology, Evolutionary Biology)


Joyce J Fernandes
Associate Professor
Department of Zoology
250 Pearson Hall
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056

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