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[Drosophila] Post-doctoral position available

fernanjj at muohio.edu fernanjj at muohio.edu
Fri Feb 24 14:48:02 EST 2006

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A post-doctoral position is available to study cellular and molecular
mechanisms that underlie neuron- founder cell interactions during
myogenesis of the (adult) flight muscles of 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 project will
include techiniques such as confocal microscopy, time-lapse imaging, laser
denervations and expression profiling. These studies are expected to
identify signaling pathways that are activated as a result of
neuron-founder cell communication.

NOTE: This position has an optional opportunity for teaching undergraduate
courses in Developmental Biology, Cell Biology and Neurobiology. Review of
applications will begin March 15, 2006. Earliest start date is July 2006.

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 3 references to:
Joyce Fernandes (fernanjj at muohio.edu).

Selected references:
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.

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

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