A postdoctoral position is available in the Miller laboratory to extend the scope of bioluminescence for non-invasive imaging of specific biological processes and disease states in live animals. Work in the lab is inherently multi-disciplinary and may include protein engineering, mouse imaging, culture of multiple cell lines, viral vector design, enzyme assays, chemical synthesis, and immunohistochemistry of tissues. Examples of recent lab efforts include bioluminescence imaging of gene expression and enzymatic activity in the brain [Nature Methods 11, 393 (2014); JACS 137, 8684 (2015); Angewandte Chemie 55, 4943 (2016)], detection of latent luciferase activity in fruit flies [PNAS 111, 4443 (2014); ACS Chem Bio 12, 2946 (2017)], and the development of new selective mutant luciferases and synthetic luciferin substrates [JACS 136, 13277 (2014); Angewandte Chemie 55, 4943 (2016); Org Lett 19, 5836 (2017)]. Motivated and inherently curious critical thinkers with experience in molecular biology, cell biology, biochemistry, chemical biology, neuroscience, and/or animal studies are particularly encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should forward CV and contact information for three references to: Stephen.Miller@umassmed.edu