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The Weiser Lab is Looking for a Research Associate!

NYU Langone Health, Department of Microbiology

Position Description 

Job Title:            Research Associate  

Reports To:        Jeffrey N. Weiser, MD., Principal Investigator

Link:                    https://jobs.nyulangone.org/job/14886618/research-associate-new-york-ny/

OVERALL RESPONSIBILITY  

 

We have an exciting opportunity to join our team as a Research Associate. In this role, the successful candidate is responsible for performing laboratory experiments under the supervision of the principal investigator or senior laboratory personnel. This research laboratory studies leading infectious diseases (both bacterial and viral) involving the human respiratory tract using animal models. Our goal is to understand and prevent common causes of infection using state-of-the-art molecular and immunological approaches. The candidate is expected to work largely independently after training, but will be closely mentored by the principal investigator and others. 

CHARACTERISTIC DUTIES 

  • Performs independent, original research on microbial pathogenesis after training.

  • Molecular cloning and generation of bacterial and viral constructs.

  • Performs animal infection studies and assists with the management of mouse colonies.

  • Performs basic lab duties under general supervision as well as more advanced duties under direct supervision.

  • Assists in implementing new procedures and protocols to support experiments. Participates actively in developing, recommending and implementing new approved procedures, or modifications to existing protocols and procedures. Maintains and updates technical knowledge.

  • Operates and maintains laboratory equipment to complete investigations.

  • Prepares, orders, and maintains stocks of necessary reagents, solutions and supplies.

  • Documents, compiles, and analyzes experimental protocols and data.

  • Attends team meetings to share results, plan projects and experiments.

  • Other related tasks as required.

SKILLS AND ABILITIES 

  • Strong interpersonal, communication, and organizational skills, including the ability to handle a variety of tasks in a fast-paced environment, large complex experiments, and large data sets, all of which demand great attention to detail.

  • Proactive in identifying problems and solutions to address them.

  • Must be an exceptional team player.

  • Must possess a high level of initiative and the ability to work independently.

QUALIFICATIONS 

  • A Bachelor’s Degree in Life Sciences or a related field is required.

  • Previous hands-on laboratory experience is required and familiarity with bacterial culturing and the use of laboratory animals will be highly valued.

  • Preference will be given to candidates having previous experience with microbiology laboratory skills, molecular biology and immunological techniques, and infection models.

  • The successful applicant should be capable of working in a highly collaborative laboratory, be able to learn techniques quickly and have good written, verbal and computer skills.

NYU Grossman School of Medicine is one of the nation’s top-ranked medical schools. For 175 years, NYU Grossman School of Medicine has trained thousands of physicians and scientists who have helped to shape the course of medical history and enrich the lives of countless people. An integral part of NYU Langone Health, the School of Medicine at its core is committed to improving the human condition through medical education, scientific research, and direct patient care.   NYU Grossman School of Medicine is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sex, sexual orientation, transgender status, gender dysphoria, national origin, age, religion, disability, military and veteran status, marital or parental status, citizenship status, genetic information or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision. We require applications to be completed online. 

If interested, please apply via the above link.

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SURYA AGGARWAL

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

EDUCATION:

PhD in Biological Sciences, Carnegie Mellon University, 2020

I'M FROM: Punjab, India

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding microbial and host factors that influence pneumococcal adaptation, colonization and transmission

FUN FACT:

I've lived on four continents.

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KRISTEN LOKKEN-TOYLI

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

EDUCATION:

PhD in Microbiology, UC Davis

I'M FROM: Minnesota

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Elucidation of host factors that drive susceptibility to upper respiratory tract infections in children; identification of age-related differences in mucosal defense mechanisms.

FUN FACT:

I had a fear of needles so I became a phlebotomist.

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MATTHEW MONTGOMERY

GRADUATE STUDENT

EDUCATION:

BS in Microbiology, University of Pittsburgh, 2015

I'M FROM: New Jersey

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Exploring the roles of Streptococcus pneumoniae produced neuraminidases with respect to upper respiratory tract colonization and transmission, as well as the host factors that respond to these enzymes' activities.

FUN FACT:

I once drove a forklift as an undergrad for some extra spending money.

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JIAQI "LUCAS" ZHU

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

EDUCATION:

BSc in Biology, Haverford College '22

I'M FROM:

Suzhou, China

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Investigating the role pneumococcal capsule plays in its colonization and transmission

FUN FACT:

I'm invested in a lot of things (I'm a classical guitarist-also a music minor as an undergrad, a soccer player, a not-so-bad cook, and a polyglot wannabe) but sort of a jack of all trades. 

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CHERN WEI 'GAVYN' BEE

GRADUATE STUDENT

EDUCATION:

BS in Biological Sciences, Cornell University ‘16

I'M FROM:  Penang, Malaysia

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding how systemic innate immunity at different ages of an organism (i) is functionally primed and (ii) factors into microbial susceptibility.

FUN FACT:

Guess who’s a firstborn of his generation on both sides of the family? (Also, I love carrot juice with milk – it’s a popular drink from where I’m from! :P )

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SHEYA XIAO MA

GRADUATE STUDENT

EDUCATION:

ScM in Molecular Microbiology and Immunology, Johns Hopkins University ‘20

I'M FROM: Taiyuan, China

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding microbial factors that drive competition between co-colonizing pneumococci

FUN FACT:

I am a totally harmless peace lover addicted to perfect crime fiction and movies.

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MILA ORTIGOZA

ASSISTANT PROFESSOR 

EDUCATION:

Doctor of Philosophy in Biological Sciences, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai '11

Doctor of Medicine, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai '13

I'M FROM:

Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding the biology of transmission of influenza virus and other respiratory pathogens.

FUN FACT:

I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls, and am a citizen of 3 countries.

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HANNES EICHNER

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW

EDUCATION:

MSc in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, University of Bremen 2015
PhD in Medical Sciences, Karolinska Institutet 2021

I'M FROM: Leipzig, Germany

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Communications between molecular players within a cell (prokaryotic or eukaryotic) or between different cells and regulation of said communication.

FUN FACT:

The country I was born in, does not exist anymore. I also like food. A lot.

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CATHERINA MOBINI

RESEARCH ASSOCIATE

EDUCATION:

BS in Neuroscience, University of Pittsburgh ‘20

I'M FROM: Queens, New York

SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS:

Understanding the mechanistic role of the upper respiratory tract microbiota in influenza virus transmission

FUN FACT:

I once won a hula hooping contest – last woman standing.

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JENNIFER PAGANO

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT 

EDUCATION:

BA in Pscyhology, UCONN

I'M FROM:

Originally from CT, but I consider myself a New Yorker by now :)

FUN FACT:

I was in commercials as a child, so there's a chance you've seen my younger self in a Nickelodeon or random toy ad. (shout out to all my millennials).