Summary of Duties:
Chlamydia trachomatis is a bacterial obligate intracellular parasite and a leading cause of sexually transmitted infections worldwide. The incumbent will conduct basic research on C. trachomatis physiology and pathogenesis in the laboratory of Dr. A. Omsland. Primary responsibilities include developing and executing research in bacteriology, bacterial physiology, and cell biology as required to fulfill research objectives for an ongoing funded project. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in general bacteriological and cell culture techniques, bacterial physiology, recombinant DNA techniques including PCR and DNA sequence analysis, protein purification, microscopy, scintillation counting and autoradiography. Other responsibilities include analysis of data, maintenance of accurate research records, review of current literature, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings at meetings. The incumbent is expected to work productively with other laboratory personnel including research technicians, graduate students and undergraduate students.
Dr. Omsland’s Research Profile: Dr. Omsland conducts research on bacterial obligate intracellular parasites including Coxiella burnetii, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Liberibacter asiaticus. C. burnetii is a zoonotic pathogen that causes human Q fever. C. trachomatis is a leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as trachoma, a potentially blinding ocular infection most commonly diagnosed in developing countries. L. asiaticus is an insect vector-transmitted plant pathogen and the causative agent of citrus greening disease. Dr. Omsland’s research focuses on understanding physiochemical and nutritional requirements of bacterial obligate intracellular parasites as this related to pathogen virulence, and pathogen developmental cycles (Coxiella and Chlamydia).
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