The Rock laboratory is investigating how the immune system carries out immune surveillance to detect and eliminate viral infections and cancers. Among the areas of research are:
(1) The mechanisms by which dendritic cells acquire and display antigens to CB8 T cells (cross presentation), a process that is essential for immune surveillance of tissues;
(2) The antigen presentation pathway by which virally infected or cancer cells display their antigens to effector CB8 T cells (MHC class I antigen presentation), a process that is essential for the immune system to detect and eliminate these pathological cells.
The successful candidate will become involved in one or more of the above projects based on project opportunities and the candidate’s interest and skills.
The Rock laboratory is in a new state of the art research building and part of a very strong and interactive immunology community at UMass Chan Medical School. UMass Chan Medical School is located in Worcester, Massachusetts, just outside of Boston.
The position requires a PhD in immunology, biology, or a related area. The ideal candidate has substantial experience in experimental immunology and molecular biology and has published first author papers in peer- reviewed journals. Advanced skills in cell culture, immune assays, flow cytometry, molecular biology, biochemistry, and mouse experimentation are desirable.
Interested applicants should send a letter of interest, CV and contact information for three references to:
Dr. Kenneth Rock
Professor and Chair
Department of Pathology
UMass Chan Medical School
Kenneth.Rock@umassmed.edu (mailto: Kenneth.Rock@umassmed.edu)
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