Postdoc in Bt toxins/plant parasitic nematodes

Raffi V. Aroian raroian at
Mon Jan 14 12:30:31 EST 2002

A supported postdoctoral position is currently available in the Aroian
Laboratory for a unique and exciting study on the potential of
controlling plant-parasitic nematodes with Bacillus thuringiensis toxins
and the interaction of the bacterial toxins with nematode pests.
Plant-parasitic nematodes cause >$80 billion of damage per year and
account for 10% crop loss worldwide.  Our laboratory is the first to
study the effects of cloned Bacillus thuringiensis toxin genes on
nematodes (see Science, 2001, vol. 293 pp. 860-864).  We are looking for
dynamic, talented scientists to study the potential to use these natural
toxins to control plant-parasitic nematodes and to study interactions
between toxins and the nematodes.  Study involves molecular studies to
improve toxin genes, transgenic root and plant work, and studies of
genomic response of plants to nematode infection.  Applicants should
have a strong background in molecular biology and preferably experience
working with plants.

U.C. San Diego is a leader in plant biology research and is situated in
a vibrant city that is also host to excellent biology and biotechnology
communities.  Interested candidates should submit a cover letter,
curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to Dr. Raffi V.
Aroian, Section of Cell and Developmental Biology, University of
California, San Diego, La Jolla, CA 92093-0349, fax 858-822-2003, email
raroian at (send attachments in rich text format only).


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