immunobiology | Scholarship for Nigerians and Africans

Postdoctoral Positions at MPI of Immunobiology and Epigenetics, Freiburg

We seek motivated and ambitious collaborators and provide a well-equipped, interactive environment. The institute operates central facilities for animal work, cell sorting, sequencing, imaging, and proteomics. Candidates should have completed their PhD work with distinction in an area broadly relevant to our work. Expertise in other fields, such as mathematical modelling, biochemistry, etc. is also welcome.

The salary will be a postdoctoral fellowship of the Max Planck Society.

A childcare facility is directly attached to the institute. Handicapped applicants with equal qualifications will be given preferential treatment. The Max Planck Society seeks to increase the number of women in areas, where they are under-represented, and therefore explicitly encourages women to apply.

Applications in written form. Applications including a letter of motivation, a curriculum vitae with names of three references and a list of publications.

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Masters, PhD and Postdoctoral Fellows Positions, Laboratory of Cytokine Biology, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Israel

Major scientific projects of the laboratory include:

1). The role of inflammation in the malignant process (carcinogenesis, tumor invasion and metastasis, tumor angiogenesis and interactions of the tumor with the host’s immune system).
2). Interleukin-1 (IL-1) receptor and Toll-like receptor (TLR) signaling in sterile inflammation and angiogenesis in the malignant process
3). Mechanisms and signaling pathways of novel intracellular non-secretable isoforms of the cytokine IL-1a.
4). Intervention in IL-1 expression in anti-tumor therapeutic approaches.

Techniques used in the laboratory include tissue culture and in vitro

work, molecular biology techniques and in vivo work. These are applied to cutting-edge issues in cytokine and tumor immunobiology, stem cell biology and angiogenesis. Excellent teamwork and atmosphere.

Please apply to Prof. Ronnie Apte, 08-6477270, 0522-498816 Goldman Medical School Building, Rm. 131 (

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PhD Studentship in Immunobiology of Mesenchymal Stem Cells for Skeletal Tissue Engineering, Newcastle University, UK

Osteoarthritis (OA) is a significant healthcare burden and preventing or slowing its onset would alleviate considerable patient disability and suffering.  The use of cell therapies offers an exciting opportunity to treat early stage osteochondral lesions that otherwise would go on to initiate osteoarthritic changes.  One strategy is to use the patients own cells alone or in conjunction with a biomaterial scaffold to rebuild the diseased tissue.  As part of the Arthritis Research UK Tissue Engineering Centre our research is focused on understanding the immunophenotype of adult mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) and chondrocytes or osteoblasts derived from this source. Approaches to the isolation of MSCs will be investigated and processes implemented to current Good Manufacturing Practice (cGMP) ensuring their translation to clinical use.  The immunobiology of MSCs and chondrocytes or osteoblasts differentiated in culture will be investigated by a number of approaches including flow cytometry.
Eligibility:The award covers University fees at the UK/EU rate and a stipend matched to the minimum Research Council recommended stipend, £13,590 (2010/11).  Candidates from outside UK/EU may apply but tuition fees will only be paid at the UK/EU rate.

Scholarship Application Deadline: 25 March 2011

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