The laboratory of Dr. Pinghui Feng in the Section of Infection and Immunity, Herman Ostrow School of Dentistry of USC, located in the University Park Campus, is seeking two postdoctoral scholars to investigate (1) the role of virus-bacteria interactions in herpesvirus-induced neurodegeneration, and (2) unconventional function of metabolic enzymes in immune response against viral infection and cancer.
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Research in the laboratory of Dr. Pinghui Feng in the Section of Infection and Immunity is centered on understanding the roles of metabolic enzymes in fundamental biological processes, such as viral infection and host defense.
We explore herpesvirus infection as a model system to probe the unconventional roles of metabolic enzymes (such as via deamidating proteins), entailing cutting-edge technology, including proteomics, metabolomics, RNA sequencing and conditional knockout or knockin mouse models.
The lab is a part of a multi-disciplinary and highly interactive team in the Norris Dental Science Center. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to conduct independent and challenging research under the PI’s close supervision and work in a highly collaborative manner.
We are seeking self-motivated and goal-driven postdoctoral candidates, with a PhD or MD/PhD in molecular and cellular biology, microbiology or related fields and be skilled in protein biochemistry and related disciplines. Previous experience with metabolomics, proteomics, transcriptomics or bioinformatics would be helpful. The candidate should be able to work both independently and in a collaborative environment, with a strong commitment to reaching research excellence and achieving assigned objectives.