Job Description


Molecular Biology of Fungal Pathogenesis

Laboratory of Priya Uppuluri, Ph.D.

My lab is seeking a highly driven and independent postdoctoral scientist to participate in NIH-funded research projects aimed at understanding the molecular mechanisms underlying fungal biofilm growth and dispersal.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in microbiology, molecular biology or biochemistry. Experience in molecular mycology is preferred, and applicants well versed in technologies such as CRISPR-Cas9 and protein biochemistry (phosphoproteomics, protein-protein interactions, recombinant protein expression) etc., are strongly encouraged to apply. The research projects focus on identifying signaling pathways governing biofilm growth and dispersal in Candida albicans, and will utilize medicinal chemistry approaches to discover novel inhibitors of the biofilm growth process.

Successful candidate will be a part of a bustling research environment that is active in areas of molecular biology, fungal immunology and pathogenesis of fungal/bacterial organisms and drug development. You will work with world leaders in the field of medical mycology and will have a clear and well-organized path to success to becoming an independent investigator.

The Uppuluri laboratory is located at The Lundquist Institute, Harbor-UCLA in Torrance, California, and is affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. This three-year appointment will remain open until filled.

To apply, please send a CV, cover letter, and contact information for three references by e-mail to:


Priya Uppuluri, Ph.D.




Institute for Infection and Immunity

The Lundquist Institute

MRL building, Room 238

1124 West Carson Street

Torrance, CA 90502

Associate Professor

David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Division of Infectious Diseases, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center



Required Skills & Qualifications:

  • Ph.D. Biological Science
  • Experience with host cell interactions
  • Work with animal models for fungal pathogens
  • Sound background in molecular biology of microorganisms (fungal genetic manipulation)
  • Experience in immunology and recombinant protein chemistry


Description of Duties

  • DNA/RNA Isolation
  • Cloning, CRISP-CAs(, RNA!, other molecular approaches to make mutants in fungi/bacteria
  • Southern/Northern/Western Blot
  • Yeast genetics
  • Mammalian tissue culture
  • Cell-base assay
  • Flow Cytometry
  • Write grants
  • Will be on track to develop into faculty position
  • Will be doing independent research

The Lundquist Institute is a non-profit scientific research organization dedicated to saving lives not only in the greater Los Angles metro area but throughout the world. The Institute has over more than 120 principal investigators and 400 researchers in total — MD’s, MD/PhD’s, and PhD’s — working on over 1,000 research studies. We are academically affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and work in partnership with the Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Our research is funded by many sources including grants from the NIH and other government entities, Industry and teaching contracts and royalties, as well as private donors and other non-profit foundations.

Position requires a background check and health clearance

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