Short-term Postdoc position in antimicrobial resistance and virulence in Bacteroides fragilis

I am a VA researcher at the Greater Los Angeles VA (West LA Campus) located with a joint appointment in the UCLA faculty of Medicine.  I have a short term opening for a postdoctoral fellow in my lab, available immediately.  It is guaranteed through December, and could be extended depending on funding.

My research focuses on antimicrobial resistance and virulence in Bacteroides fragilis, a gram negative anaerobic pathogen which is an important member of the gut microbiome–currently the focus of intense study on many fronts.  Just a few of the studies that have implicated BF have found associations with immune development, colon carcinogenesis, irritable bowel syndrome, and CNS diseases including autism. We are actively looking at the contribution of horizontal gene transfer in the spread of resistance and virulence and are now adding metagenomic analysis to our studies.  The gut microbiome is a fertile and exciting area to study now.  We are using sophisticated next-generation sequencing techniques and analysis to study clinical isolates.  I am currently looking for a postdoctoral fellow to work on this project.  Strong preference will be given to candidates with  microbiology background, adeptness in molecular techniques and acquaintance with NextGen sequencing procedures and analysis.  If interested, please contact hwexler@ucla.edu