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Post-doctoral position available in the laboratory of
Dr. John D'Orazio in the NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center at the University of Kentucky

The laboratory is interested in molecular mechanisms that determine melanocyte susceptibility to malignancy with a long-term goal of developing rational melanoma-preventive agents. The current project will follow up on recent findings linking melanocortin 1 receptor (MC1R) signaling to DNA repair (Mol Cell. 2014 Jun 19;54(6):999-1011). Projects include mechanistic studies with clear translational scope. The ideal candidate will have expertise in cell culture, mouse work, protein and mRNA analysis as well as molecular techniques. Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae and a short statement describing previous research experience, future goals and contact information of three referees to

John D'Orazio, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pediatrics
Drury Pediatric Research Endowed Chair
Co-leader, Markey Cancer Center Genetic Instability, Epigenetics and Metabolism Research Program
Combs Research Bldg. Rm. 204, 800 Rose Street, Lexington, KY 40536-0096
Phone: (859) 323-6238; Fax: (859) 257-8940

Fellowship Opportunity- Now Accepting Applications!

New York University Cutaneous Biology and Skin Disease Training Program NYU School of Medicine, The Ronald O. Perelman Department of Dermatology Deadline: March 30th, 2016

The New York University Cutaneous Biology and Skin Disease Training Program is now accepting submissions for entry into the July 1st, 2016 program. Applications for early consideration for entry into the July 1st, 2017 program will also be accepted for this cycle. Fellowships are awarded for a two-year term. Continuation into the second year is contingent upon satisfactory progress as evaluated by your mentor and mentoring committee. The deadline to receive all the application materials is March 30th, 2016.

This training program will provide postdoctoral training for those holding a doctoral degree both physicians and non-physicians who are committed to careers in the area of cutaneous biology and skin disease. Selected trainees will be to select from fifteen exceptional, NIH funded investigators participating in our multidisciplinary program. Initial appointments will be for one year with the possibility of support for a second year for those who have excelled. Candidates must be of the highest caliber and must be in the beginning or very early stages of their first postdoctoral research position.

Please note, candidates must be in the process of completing their PhD degree requirements or their medical residency training program or in the first 5 months of their first postdoctoral training at the time of application. This program is supported in part by the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number AR064184.

For an application and additional program information please send an e-mail to the Cutaneous Biology and Skin Disease Training Program,

NYU Langone Medical Center is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to diversity and inclusion in all aspects of recruiting and employment. All qualified individuals are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration without regard to race, color, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, age, religion, creed, disability, veteran status or any other factor which cannot lawfully be used as a basis for an employment decision.

University of Cincinnati, Department of Dermatology

A postdoctoral position is opened in the laboratory of Dr. Zalfa Abdel-Malek in the Department of Dermatology, University of Cincinnati.

The candidate should have strong expertise in tissue culture and molecular biology, and is willing to participate in mouse studies aimed at determining the responses to UV and various melanocortin analogs. The candidate is expected to be creative and capable of conducting a designated project independently, and to have good writing skills. This position is funded by a NCI training grant which requires that the applicant be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident in the U.S.A., and is for 2 years. If interested, please email Dr. Zalfa Abdel-Malek immediately at:

Faculty Positions in Cancer Research

The University of Kentucky Markey Cancer Center invites applications from outstanding candidates for several faculty positions at the level of Associate or Full Professor. Faculty with expertise in the following areas are of specific interest: tumor microenvironment, cancer genomics, cancer immunology, epigenetic regulation, oxidative stress, mitochondria and cancer metabolism, and DNA repair. The successful candidate must have a Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree, be highly productive and will be expected to bring and maintain a vigorous, independent, extramurally funded research program. S/he will also actively participate in collaborative investigations and education programs in the University of Kentucky Medical Center. Generous start-up funds, competitive salary, and modern laboratory space are available.

The NCI-designated Markey Cancer Center is on the campus of the University of Kentucky, a land-grant institution founded in 1865. Adjacent to downtown Lexington, the University of Kentucky is nestled in the scenic heart of the Bluegrass region of Kentucky. Recently ranked as one of the safest, most creative, and the brainiest cities in the nation, Lexington is an ideal location to experience the work-life balance that the University strives to provide to its faculty.

Applications, including curriculum vitae, a brief summary of accomplishments and future research directions, should be sent to: MCC Faculty Search Committee, c/o Dr. Nathan L. Vanderford via email at The review of applications begins immediately and will continue until the positions are filled.

The University of Kentucky is an Equal Opportunity Employer

University of California, Irvine

A postdoctoral fellowship position is immediately available in the laboratory of:
Anand K. Ganesan, MD, PhD
Associate Professor
Department of Dermatology and Biological Chemistry
University of California, Irvine

The focus of Dr. Ganesan's research is to characterize novel regulatory pathways that control melanogenesis and melanoma chemoresistance. Dr. Ganesan's research work is currently supported by two NIH R01 grants and an American Cancer Society Scholar Award. Minimum requirements for the position are a PhD in biology, experience with basic cell culture and molecular biology techniques, and experience with advanced fluorescence microscopy techniques. The ideal candidate would also have some experience/familiarity with mouse genetics and RNAi technology, and be an early stage postdoctoral fellow who would be eligible to apply for an NIH postdoctoral fellowship. For more information, please visit the Ganesan lab website or contact Dr. Ganesan at

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