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A post-doctoral researcher position is available in the laboratory of Professor A. Slominski focusing on the effects of vitamin D derivatives and lumisterol on skin functions, skin cancer and photobiology. Dr. Slominski is an endowed Professor of Dermatology and laboratory is located in the Volker Hall, at the University of Alabama in Birmingham.

Potential extramurally funded projects for this position include:

- 2018-2023 1R01AR073004 - 01A1 NIH/NIAMS
"Mechanism of action and function of novel secosteroid 20(OH)D3 in the skin"

- 2017-2022 1 RO1 AR071189-01A1 NIH/NIAMS
“Significance of metabolic activation of lumisterol in the skin.”

- 2019-2023: VA Merit 1 I01 BX004293-01A1
“CYP11A1-derived secosteroids as therapeutic agents in UVB induced skin cancer”

Education/Experience: A Doctoral Degree in either cell/molecular biology, proteomics, computational biology, biochemistry or related fields. Expertise in cellular and molecular biology technique, immunofluorescence microscopy, analysis of RNAseq datasets, animal work.

Contact:; phone: 205.934-5245

Selected recent publications:

Tuckey RC, Cheng CYS and Slominski AT (2019). The serum vitamin D metabolome: What we know and what is still to discover. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 186, 4-21.

Slominski AT, Zmijewski AM, Plonka P, Szaflarski J, Paus R (2018) How ultraviolet light touches the brain and endocrine system through skin, and why. Endocrinology 159, 1992-2007.

Slominski AT, Hardeland R, Zmijewski MA, Slominski RM, Reiter RJ, Paus R (2018) Melatonin: A cutaneous perspective on its production, metabolism and functions. J Invest Dermatol 138:490-499.

Slominski A T, Kim TK, Janjetovic Z, Brozyna AA, Zmijewski MA, Xu H, Sutter TR, Tuckey RC, Jetten AM, Crossman DK (2018) Differential and Overlapping Effects of 20,23(OH)2D3 and 1,25(OH)2D3 on Gene Expression in Human Epidermal Keratinocytes: Identification of AhR as an Alternative Receptor for 20,23(OH)2D3. In J Mol Sci 2018, 19 (10), 3072.

Slominski AT, Kim TK, Hobrath JV, Janjetovic Z, Oak ASW, Postlethwaite A, Lin Z, Li W, Takeda Y, Jetten AM, Tuckey RC (2017) Characterization of a new pathway that activates lumisterol in vivo to biologically active hydroxylumisterols. Sci Rep 2017, 7:11434

Slominski AT, Brozyna AA, Skobowiat C, Zmijewski MA, Kim T-K, Janjetovic Z, Oak AS, Jozwicki W, Jetten AM, Mason RS, Elmets C, Li W, Hoffman1RM, Tuckey RC (2018) On the role of classical and novel forms of vitamin D in melanoma progression and management. J Steroid Biochem Mol Biol 177, 159-170.

Slominski A.T. , Brożyna AA, Zmijewski MA, Jóźwicki W, Jetten AM, Mason RS, Tuckey RC and Elmets CA (2017) Vitamin D signaling and melanoma: role of vitamin D and its receptors in melanoma progression and management. Lab Invest 97, 706-724

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