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Full Time Research Assistant
Competitive salary commensurate with relevant experience.

Boston College seeks a highly motivated research assistant or associate to work in the laboratory of Dr. Vicki Losick.

The Losick lab studies the cell and molecular mechanism of wound repair and aging using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model. The lab has found that healing is not a one-size-fits-all process.  While the typical wound healing response relies on cell division to regenerate the cells that are lost by injury, aging, or disease. Cells can also be replaced by stimulating existing cells to grow in size by becoming polyploid. A polyploid cell is a cell that has more than diploid copy of its chromosomes.  As a result, polyploid cells can grow to be many orders of magnitude larger than their diploid cell counterparts.  Polyploid cells are ubiquitous in insects and plants, but are also required for the development of many tissues in our body. The Losick laboratory is currently studying the molecular mechanisms regulating wound- and age-induced polyploidy in fruit flies in order to understand how to generate these extra-large cells to improve our bodies ability to heal.

Job Responsibilities:
• Help to maintain Drosophila strain collection
• Help to maintain laboratory equipment and organize supplies
• Ship and order laboratory reagents
• Conduct a research project using cell biological and genetic techniques under Prof. Losick’s mentorship

 

Requirements

• B.A. or B.S. degree in biology, cell and developmental biology, or biomedical sciences
• Highly motivated, able to work independently, and in a team environment
• Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• Previous microscopy experience is not required, but a plus