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Postdoctoral Scientist - Immunology and Cancer - Koltsova Lab

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Funded Postdoctoral Scientist position in Immunology and Cancer is available in Ekaterina Koltsova Lab at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles.

Our lab research interests are to uncover and define immune-mediated mechanisms regulating inflammation as a common denominator  of various immune-mediated pathologies such as atherosclerosis, abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), obesity and cancer. We are interested to elucidate mechanisms of how distinct cytokines as a key auctionable regulators of inflammation  shape  inflammatory environment during the disease pathogenesis. We study intersection  between cytokine signaling and effects of microbiota and microbial metabolites on inflammation and cancer development.

Main research directions in the lab include:

  1. The role of inflammation and cytokines in liver cancer of different etiologies
  2. Link between  host microbiome, metabolites, inflammation and atherosclerosis
  3. How cytokines regulate hematopoietic stem cells  to promote CVD development
  4. The role of cytokine signaling in adipose tissue inflammation and atherosclerosis

The lab has recently relocated to Cedars-Sinai and we are looking for passionate scientists who can work independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator and other scientists in the lab. Successful candidates will be able to contribute to current projects in the lab as well as to develop their own line(s) of research within the broad scientific interests of the lab.

Postdoctoral Scientist will perform routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period in the fields of immunology and cancer biology  and will be responsible for conceptual and technical contribution to drive exciting projects forward.

Formal responsibilities include:

  1. Design of experiments in cooperation with the mentor
  2. Perform experiments, analyze the results, keep appropriate experimental records
  3. Develop, adapt and implement new research techniques and protocols
  4. Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period including work with animal (mouse) models
  5. Responsible for compiling figures and text for the submission of publications and presentations as author or co-author an writing drafts of the papers.
  6. May assist in preparation of grant proposals and apply for project-related fellowships and grants


Please apply online and send a cover letter, personal statement, CV, and contact information of three references to Ms. Danielle Hickethier ( and Dr. Ekaterina Koltsova (

Educational Requirements:

  • Doctorate Degree (MD, PhD, VMD, or DDS) in in biomedical sciences, immunology, pharmacology, or an area directly related to field of research specialization of broad immunology and cancer biology.



  • Works independently on broad 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. 
  • Ability to function in a team environment and use interpersonal skills to communicate effectively.
  • Experience as a first author in one or more publications on impactful body of work.
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, and analysis and operation and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • The knowledge of liver biology and anti-cancer immune response is preferable
  • Working Title: Postdoctoral Scientist - Immunology and Cancer - Koltsova 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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