A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dean Pinchas Cohen (PI) to study the emerging biology of mitochondria-derived peptides (MDPs). MDPs are small peptides encoded in the mitochondrial genome and represent a novel biology that redefines the mitochondrial role in regulating cellular events including stress-resistance and metabolism. Humanin is the first reported MDP, which is age-dependent and exhibits strong cytoprotective actions against various stress and disease models. Humanin and other MDPs have much implication in aging and age-related diseases, and also have much therapeutic and diagnostic potential. The goal of this project is to discover novel MDPs and/or identify the biological role and molecular mechanisms of MDPs in normal and diseased state. The successful candidate will work closely with the PI and collaborators and will be part of the aging research activities at the USC Davis School of Gerontology. Extensive training will be available in all areas of the project, with a strong view towards enhancing future career prospects for the successful candidate. Candidates should have a PhD in molecular/cellular biology, biochemistry, or a relevant subject area. Applicants with training in aspects of aging and age-related diseases, mitochondrial biology, or metabolism are encouraged to apply. The post will be based in the University of Southern California, Davis School of Gerontology, Los Angeles, CA, USA.
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