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Postdoctoral Fellow in Cancer Health Disparities Research

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Academic Level:
Postdoc & Early Career

Two Postdoctoral Fellowship positions for Underrepresented Minorities (URM) are available immediately in the Division of Cancer Research and Training at Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). We are recruiting fellows to conduct oncology research that integrates clinical, basic, and community-based research. The outcome of these efforts will result in the development of translational cancer research at CDU. Research programs in the division focus on 1) genetics and epigenetics; 2) identification of cellular/molecular markers, and novel genes for early detection, prevention, and management of breast, colorectal cancer, and prostate cancers; 3) mechanisms associated with bone metastasis from breast cancer; 4) role of mismatch repair proteins and microsatellite instability in colorectal cancer in minority populations; 5) identification and characterization of normal and cancer stem cells in breast, colorectal and prostate cancers that contribute to drug resistance; 6) role of obesity, metabolism, and comorbidities in breast cancer; 7) nutrition and cancer; 8) social determinants of health and obesity/comorbidity in breast cancer development and progression, and 9) cancer outreach and prevention studies.

This Research Fellowship is a two-year appointment supported by CDU's American Cancer Society - Diversity in Cancer Research Institutional Development Grant. Each postdoctoral fellow will design and carry out a research plan with the expectation that she/he will disseminate the research by publishing peer-review articles and presenting to the research group and at professional conferences. While focusing on the research project, fellows will have the opportunity to participate in courses and workshops at CDU and the University of California, Los Angeles according to the needs of the individual's research and career development plan. Fellows are expected to be contributing members of the Division of Cancer Research and Training's regularly scheduled works-in-progress series, cancer journal club, and annual cancer retreats. They will also participate in the ongoing studies, lab activities, and cancer tissue biorepository activities in the Division. Each fellow will receive mentored research experiences and in-depth training in specific areas of cancer research and methodologies; the development and testing of clinically important biomarkers and molecular targets; new technologies such as proteomics, genomics, nanotechnology, cancer epidemiology, and advanced statistics. Professional development training will be tailored to each postdoctoral fellow?s career goals and will cover scientific and grant writing, oral presentation skills, and career advancement preparation, among other transferable skills. This opportunity particularly invites applicants interested in long-term careers in cancer health disparities research focused on underrepresented or underserved communities.

The two-year ACS fellowship will cover the annual salary based on the NIH salary scale and provides funds for laboratory supplies for the research project. There are funds to cover one trip per year to attend national meetings, resources for completing postdoctoral training, and mentorship.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, public health/epidemiology, or other related fields and have completed Ph.D. degree studies within the last three years. Previous experience in cancer biology and working with mouse models or cancer prevention research is highly recommended. Long-term commitment to cancer research is encouraged. Applicants must be an under-represented minority and U.S. citizen or permanent resident.

Participating Institution(s):
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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (Lead)
American Cancer Society

Program Materials:
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This Program can be Described by:
Academic Disciplines:
Cellular Biology
Food Science & Nutrition
Genetics & Genomics
Medical Sciences
Molecular Biology

Genetic Epidemiology
Human Health & Nutrition
Molecular Genetics
Statistical Genetics
Under-Represented Minorities

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