Two postdoctoral positions are available in the HHMI laboratory of Prof. Reuben Harris at UT Health San Antonio. Dr. Harris is the new Chair of the Biochemistry and Structural Biology Department. His research program spans the fields of cancer biology and virology and is supported by HHMI, CPRIT, and multiple grants from the NIH including an NCI program project on breast cancer mutagenesis and a new NIAID center for pandemic virus drug development.
The Harris lab has deep interest in understanding the molecular mechanisms of tumor and virus evolution with a strong emphasis on the APOBEC family of DNA/RNA editing enzymes. Important problems in cancer biology and virology are addressed using approaches from multiple disciplines including molecular biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell biology, structural biology, and molecular virology. Collaborations are also key to success, and every lab member has multiple opportunities to be involved in collaborations. Dr. Harris is dedicated to training, mentoring, and promoting diversity as evidenced by over 40 PhD and postdoctoral trainees who have transitioned successfully to careers in academia and industry.
New postdoctoral trainees will have multiple opportunities to develop their own independent research program, each of which will start by identifying an important question, formulating a clear hypothesis, and implementing multiple independent approaches to test the hypothesis. In addition to developing robust research portfolios, trainees will receive mentorship on career development and scientific communication including public presentations and publications.
The Biochemistry and Structural Biology Department is in the midst of an exciting and transformative expansion, which will strengthen existing areas including structural biology, DNA repair, cancer biology, and virology, and enable growth in many new directions.
Candidates encouraged to contact Dr. Reuben Harris directly for additional information and to initiate a formal application – firstname.lastname@example.org