Postdoctoral Position Use of RNA Interference to Identify Genes Involved
in Medicago truncatula Root Development and Symbiosis
Department of Plant Biology
University of Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is the current home of the largest U.S. group of
M. truncatula researchers, with five P.I.s and more than 40 researchers
focused in the biology of this model legume. The Gantt laboratory focuses on
root development and the symbiosis between M. truncatula and Sinorhizobium
meliloti, an endosymbiotic nitrogen-fixing bacterium. The University of
Minnesota is the current home of the largest U.S. group of M. truncatula
researchers, with five P.I.s and more than 40 researchers focused in the
biology of this model legume.
Through the use of RNA interference (RNAi), we are attempting to identify
the functional significance of 1,500 genes in root development and
symbiosis. The genes targeted for silencing are selected on the basis of
their expression and predicted function. Transgenic roots, in which the
targeted genes are silenced, are examined to detect altered development and
symbiotic interactions. This collaborative project involves the Gantt,
Samac, VandenBosch and Vance labs at Minnesota and the Harrison lab at the
Boyce Thompson Institute for Plant Biology at Cornell University.
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in plant biology with experience in molecular
biology, developmental biology, biochemistry, physiology or cell biology.
This NSF-funded position is available in October, 2005, is renewable for up
to three years, and is located in St. Paul, Minnesota. The successful
candidate will work with a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate
students, postdocs, technicians and co-PIs. Applicants should send a CV, a
cover letter outlining his or her research experience and career goals, and
arrange to have two letters of reference sent to: Steve Gantt, Department of
Plant Biology, University of Minnesota, 1445 Gortner Ave., St. Paul, MN
55108 USA. Contact by e-mail is preferred (gantt001 at tc.umn.edu).
For more information about the Department of Plant Biology, the University
of Minnesota, the UMN office of postdoctoral affairs, or the State of
Minnesota, please consult http://www.cbs.umn.edu/plantbio/,http://www1.umn.edu/twincities/index.php,http://www.grad.umn.edu/postdoctoral_affairs/, or
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