POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION MOLECULAR GENETICS OF METAL

Elsbeth Walker ewalker at bio.umass.edu
Thu Sep 11 16:09:52 EST 2003


POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCHER POSITION MOLECULAR GENETICS OF METAL
ALLOCATION IN ARABIDOPSIS
University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Laboratory of Elsbeth L. Walker
http://www.bio.umass.edu/biology/ewalker/

An NSF-supported postdoctoral position is available for a period of 
up to three years to study the function of the eight members of the 
Yellow Stripe-Like (YSL) family of Arabidopsis. YSL proteins mediate 
transport of metals bound to nicotianamine. The many roles of 
nicotianamine in achieving proper metal ion allocation in plants are 
incompletely understood, but there is strong evidence that
nicotianamine is necessary for distribution of Fe, Zn, and Mn via 
phloem, and that it is required for transport of Cu in xylem. For the 
current project, the functions of the eight Arabidopsis thaliana YSL 
genes are being determined from the narrowest definition of function: 
biochemical function, to the broadest definition of function:  the 
role of these proteins in the growth and development of the plant. By 
integrating this information for all eight YSL genes, we will improve 
our understanding of metal ion allocation mechanisms used by plants, 
and further the goal of manipulating plant metal
allocation for the purposes of phytoremediation and improved value 
for human nutrition.

Candidates must have a strong background in molecular biology and/or 
biochemistry. Salary is commensurate with qualifications and 
experience.  Ph.D. in molecular genetics or related field is 
required.  Please send a letter outlining your research interests and 
accomplishments, a current curriculum vitae and arrange to have three 
letters of reference sent to Search #R19122, c/o Lisa Barry, Biology 
Department, Morrill Science Center, University of Massachusetts, 
Amherst, MA  01003.  Review of applications commencing October 1, 
2003 and will continue until position is filled.  The University of 
Massachusetts is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. 
Women and members of minority groups are encouraged to apply

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Elsbeth L. Walker		611 N. Pleasant St.
Associate Professor		University of Mass, Amherst
Biology Department		Amherst, MA 01003
(413) 545-0861 voice		(413) 545-3243 fax




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