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Research Scientists or Postdoctoral Fellows 

The Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience, Creighton University School of Medicine, is seeking two research scientists or postdoctoral fellows for NIH and Nebraska State LB595 funded projects.


Key Responsibilities:

Airway hyperresponsiveness and airway inflammation are hallmarks of asthma that is clinically managed with β2-agonist bronchodilators and inhaled corticosteroids. Refractory asthma manifests with persistent symptoms despite the use of high-dose oral corticosteroids and long-acting β2-agonists and poses a major healthcare challenge. Understanding the molecular mechanisms of therapeutic resistance and developing strategies to overcome such resistance poses a significant unmet need.

Candidates will also be asked to assist in training of laboratory staff and graduate students in research techniques as well as writing grant proposals. This is a full time, grant funded role.



Successful candidates will have a doctorate in areas related to cell and molecular biology, immunology, signal transduction, asthma or cancer, supported by strong publications. Prior experience in airway smooth muscle cells and mouse models of asthma and/or cancer would be advantageous.
We are seeking talented, highly motivated individuals who are broadly interested in the molecular and cellular basis of refractory asthma. Our research focuses on understanding the molecular mechanisms of therapeutic resistance and developing new strategies to overcome such resistance in refractory asthma.
Ideal candidate will be expected to develop the project independently and will also have the opportunity to interact and participate in other studies of our multidisciplinary group in the lab and throughout the department. Our research team highly values creativity and independence in a collaborative and collegial academic environment. 

How to Apply:

Applicants can send the following materials to Professor Yaping Tu at

Curriculum vitae
A brief summary of research to date and preferred research directions for the next few years
Names of three referees who can write letters of recommendation (at least one outside the applicant’s home institution)
 If you have any questions submitting your application or materials, please don’t hesitate to contact


Creighton University is a private research university in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. Founded in 1878, its ranking in the 2022-2023 edition of Best Colleges is #115 of National Universities, and  #90 in Best Value Schools in USA.

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