A Postdoctoral position in nutritional biochemistry is available in the laboratory of Dr. Obanda, in the Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences (NFSC) at the University of Maryland, College Park, USA. The candidate will interface with interdisciplinary scientists from NFSC and the department of Chemistry and biochemistry.
The Obanda Lab will be using the application of multi-omics and a systems biology approach to study dietary bioactive compounds, functional foods, or functional nutrients for their potential health-promoting properties. The focus of the Obanda lab is obesity, insulin resistance and associated co-morbidities. The role of the microbiota on obesity mechanisms is also a focus in the lab.
The successful candidate will research on the effects of bioactive compounds and/or functional foods on genome stability (DNA damage at the molecular and chromosome level), epigenome alterations (DNA methylation), RNA and micro-RNA expression (transcriptomics), protein expression (proteomics), and metabolite changes (metabolomics).
Studies will utilize cell-based assays on the ability of dietary bioactive compounds and phytochemicals modulating oxidative DNA damage markers and proteins. Subsequently, the combination of in vitro models and in vivo animal models will be employed to understand the role of these compounds in maintaining optimal human health.
The incumbent will be expected to study the ability of diet to affect obesity mechanisms, microbiota health and flow of genetic information using in vitro systems and in vivo animal models.
Provide support to peers, graduate students and undergraduate student workers.
Train and supervise students.
Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.
Departmental Required Skills
PhD in Biochemistry, Molecular Nutrition, Nutritional Biochemistry, or related field.
Experience running biochemical assays, cellular assays, collecting and analyzing the data with appropriate statistical methods.
Demonstrated ability to work independently and creatively.
Experience in gene expression techniques such as RT-PCR, reporter gene assays, gene silencing techniques, cell purification methods, molecular biology, and protein purification and analysis.
Excellent communications skills and be able to articulate clearly the scientific and technical needs in the field.
Must set clear goals and work within an interdisciplinary setting.
Proficiency to publish findings in well recognized peer-reviewed journals.
Proficiency in presenting research findings to diverse audiences in local and/or international meetings.
Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education
A strong foundation in interdisciplinary sciences.
Required License or Certification
Applicant required documents: Cover Letter, CV, Academic transcript, Contact information for three references.
Internal Number: 001
About University of Maryland
University of Maryland, College Park.
Department of Nutrition and Food Sciences; Nutrition Biochemistry Laboratory