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TWO POSTDOCTORAL POSITIONS in Dr. Kate Beckingham's laboratory at Rice
<br><b>One position is for studies of gravity sensing in Drosophila</b>.
Gravity is an all-pervasive force and
<br>yet we know very little of the mechanisms used to sense and respond
to gravity. We have conducted a large
<br>screen to identify mutants defective in gravity sensing. We have
isolated about 60 mutants and have cloned
<br>the affected genes in 25 of these mutants. In addition to genes
with roles in neuronal signaling and
<br>modeling many novel genes are included in this set. There
are many possible projects to pursue from our
<br>work on this unexplored aspect of Drosophila behavior.
<br><b>A second position is for studies of calcium signaling in Drosophila. </b>
Calcium is a critical uiquitous messenger in mulitcellular organisms and
Drosophila offers unique possibilities for genetic dissection of the roles
of calcium in the development and physiology of a complex multicellular
organism. We are investigating the roles of both the ubiquitous calcium
sensor calmodulin and a testis-specific calcium binding protein Androcam.
<p>Rice University has a beautiful campus and is immediately adjacent to
the Texas Medical Center. There are more than a dozen Drosophila
labs in the four academic insitutions (Rice, Baylor, MD Anderson and UT
Medical School) around the MedCenter and therefore a lively community of
Drosophila resources is available.
<br>Please contact Kate Beckingham (email@example.com or phone
#713-348-4016) for further information</html>
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