Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Chromatin Biology- Whetstine Laboratory

Postdoctoral Fellow Posting:

A Postdoctoral position is available at Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center. My laboratory is focused on understanding the impact that both methylation and acetylation dynamics has in both human cell culture and C. elegans. In particular, the laboratory is investigating the impact that the histone 3 lysine 9/36 tri-demethylases [JMJD2A-D; Whetstine et al., (2007) Cell 125: 467-81] have on tumorigenesis, transcriptional regulation, and genomic integrity. The laboratory will interrogate the role of these enzymes by using genomic, proteomic, cytological and genetic approaches. Similar approaches allowed an important link to be established for histone deacetylase 1 (HDAC-1) and the regulation of extra-cellular matrix biology in both human and C. elegans, which has direct implications in cancer chemotherapy [Whetstine et al., (2005) Mol. Cell 18:483-90]. The laboratory will continue to investigate the functional overlap or unique pathways that the C. elegans class I histone deacetylases regulate by using the same type of approaches. Overall, the laboratory will integrate a number of approaches and systems to determine the important biological pathways regulated by histone demethylases and histone deacetylases.

We use the C. elegans model to uncover novel functions for the histone demethylases and HDACs in chromatin biology. We will evaluate the in vivo observations is human cell culture as well. Our approach is to combine the model systems and uncover conserved biological functions. The ultimate goal is to bring the basic science observations into a more clinically applicable situation.

The laboratory is looking for highly motivated, tenacious scientists that are enthusiastic, team players and love science. The laboratory is looking for researchers with documented proficiency in any of the following areas (basic molecular biology, protein biochemistry, genomics, epigenetics, C. elegans, cytology, development biology, DNA damage and repair) but interested in learning new approaches or systems to answer the exciting questions before us.

For this position a Ph.D. and/or M.D. is required. This position requires enthusiastic, self motivated, independent thinkers with strong interpersonal skills, and the ability to communicate with laboratory members, national and international collaborators. Please have three letters of recommendation sent to the below address and/or e-mail.

Johnathan R. Whetstine, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Medicine
Harvard Medical School and
Massachusetts General Hospital Cancer Center
Building 149, 13th Street , Room 7-213
Charlestown, MA 02129, USA
Office Phone: 617-643-4374