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Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Merchant Lab

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Requisition # 20002984A

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The Merchant lab seeks a post-doctoral fellow with an interest in hematopoiesis, stem cell biology, and/or myeloproliferative diseases to join an NIH funded project examining the role of Hedgehog signaling in the bone marrow microenvironment. Studies in the lab make use of transgenic mouse models and primary patient samples. There will be additional opportunities to study patient samples from patients treated with hedgehog inhibitors. Studies of the bone marrow microenvironment will be enabled but the use of imaging mass cytometry/CyTOF. Imaging mass cytometry allows for highly multiplexed (35+ markers) imaging of immune and tumor cells, with spatial information and subcellular resolution making it the ideal technology for studying stem cells and immune cells in their cellular niches within the bone marrow. Imaging mass cytometry can be applied to all tissue types including cell lines, organoids, frozen section and FFPE fixed archival tissue.

  • Perform experiments with transgenic mice including breeding, genotyping, blood sampling and bone marrow harvesting.
  • Apply standard molecular and cellular biology methods (RT-PCR, Western bloting, cell culture and transduction, expression profiling) to profile the hedgehog signaling pathway.
  • Use imaging mass cytometry to study the bone marrow microenvironment and stromal cell changes in animal models of myelofibrosis and in patient samples.
  • Will assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds. Will be encouraged to apply for fellowships as part of career development
  • Will participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
  • May train and supervise laboratory assistants and/or graduate students
  • Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.


Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization.


  • Works independently on research projects designed by a mentor (typically the PI) within area of specialization.
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment. 
  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Dr. Merchant Lab
  • Department: Home Dept - Hem - Onc
  • Business Entity: Academic / Research
  • City: Los Angeles
  • Job Category: Academic/Research
  • Job Specialty: Postdoctoral
  • Position Type: Full-time
  • Shift Length: 8 hour shift
  • Shift Type: Day

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