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Rockefeller University Research Assistant | Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases in New York, New York

Organization Overview

The Laboratory of Human Genetics of Infectious Diseases studies the genetics of human predisposition to pediatric infectious diseases, particularly mycobacterial diseases, invasive pneumococcal diseases, and herpes simplex encephalitis. It aims to identify Mendelian 'holes' in the immune defense of otherwise healthy children who are susceptible to specific infectious diseases, work that has profound implications for and has resulted in a paradigm shift in human clinical medicine and fundamental immunology. In the past decade, the laboratory has uncovered that single genetic lesions in children confer severe and selective vulnerability to certain illnesses, whereas corresponding infections in adults result more from polygenetic inheritance. This work not only blurs the distinction between patient-based Mendelian genetics and population-based complex genetics but has also provided experimental support for a unified theory of human infectious diseases.


The Research Assistant will be assisting a research team, consisting of one associate professor and four PhD students or post-doc, studying human genetics and immunological basis of severe viral diseases.


Job responsibilities mainly include:

  • Being in charge of the culture, characterization and storage of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC) lines of the lab

  • Maintain a growing database of the iPSC lines

  • Being responsible for maintaining a stock and database of human DNA samples

  • Performing routine assays related to antiviral immune responses in human fibroblasts

  • Providing technical support to ongoing projects of the post-docs and students of the team


Bachelor's degree required. Master's degree in science or at least 3 years of relevant experience is preferred. An educational emphasis in biochemistry, cell biology, immunology, virology or a related field is preferred. Must be detail oriented, have a strong sense of responsibility and be able to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment. Strong interpersonal and communication skills, and computer proficiency are required. Experience with tissue culture preferred.

Compensation Range: Min

USD $46,000.00/Yr.

Compensation Range: Max

USD $50,000.00/Yr.

Job Locations US-NY-New York

Category Science

Position Type Regular Full-Time