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The primary mission of Cornell University's Biomedical Engineering department is to educate students to understand the human body as an integrated system through quantitative engineering analysis and to use that understanding to design better therapeutic strategies, devices, and diagnostics. A mission of nearly equal importance is to serve society by conducting research that develops quantitative linkages across scales in the human body and uses that development to build new tools to improve human health.
The De Vlaminck lab will be working with collaborators from across the globe to perform a cross-cutting evaluation of the utility of metagenomic analyses of cell-free DNA in three different settings: (a) Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, (b) Tuberculosis, and (c) Soil-Transmitted Helminth infection.
Microbial cell-free DNA is present in the blood circulation and is the product of microbial degradation across the body, or originates from microorganisms that infect the blood or translocate to the blood. We will investigate the utility of metagenomic analyses of cell-free DNA as a (1) non-invasive tool to monitor the integrity of the gut-vascular barrier and the extent of bacterial translocation in Environmental Enteric Dysfunction, (2) as an early diagnostic and potential treatment monitoring tool in Tuberculosis, and (3) a screening tool for tissue and gut helminths that can be used for epidemiological mapping of pathogen presence within a population.
- work with an interdisciplinary team of researchers to perform next generation sequencing analyses of the molecular heterogeneity in blood plasma samples.
- perform and oversee sample preparations, conduct, design and maintain process quality control
- assist in new technology development
- manage sample banking and tracking
- responsible for communicating with collaborators in different continents, and aiding in the logistics of this multi-team collaborative project
- assist with data analyses and reporting to the funding organization
- assist with additional laboratory projects that use similar technologies, as needed
This is a one-year term position; possibility of renewal based on available funding & performance.
- Minimally an Associates Degree with 2 years of experience or a Bachelors degree in a relevant field ( multiple years of experience in working in biological research laboratories is preferred but not required)
- Exceptional communication and organizational skills, manual dexterity, timely data generation, and excellent multitasking abilities are required.
- Ability and desire to acquire new technical skills in the wet lab is required.
- Basic skills in molecular biology sample preparation for next generation sequencing analyses are required.
- Ability to develop positive working relationships with colleagues and collaborators is critical.
- Computer skills, including use of MS Word, Excel, PowerPoint are required.
- Must be willing to work in a team atmosphere
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University Job Title:Technician III
Pay Rate Type:Hourly
Contact Name:Sue Shipman
Number of Openings:1
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