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The successful candidate will work independently to molecular mechanisms used by different oral microbes to communicate with each other and to create robust biofilms within the oral cavity and other body sites. The study involves the understanding of how oral commensal bacteria can interact with potential pathogens to modulate their virulence properties. He/she will be responsible for most of the planning, implementation, and data interpretation associated with his/her research. Thus, the candidate will be expected to work independently with attention to detail and strong record-keeping. The goal is to understand what signals the commensal sends to keep the pathogens in check and what factors may upset pathogens to enhance their virulence. Typical techniques often involved include real-time PCR, western blot, protein expression/purification, coimmunoprecipitation, protein-protein/RNA-RNA interaction assays, gene expression analysis, targeted mutagenesis, and microscopy.
Demonstrable experience with these techniques is preferred. As a postdoctoral scholar, the candidate may also be involved with the training and supervision of students and junior staff as well as play an integral role in the management and supply ordering for the laboratory. Assistance with the development and preparation of grants/manuscripts will also be expected.
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