Postdoc position available

Werner Kunz kunz at mail.rz.uni-duesseldorf.de
Wed Sep 2 11:27:12 EST 1998

Postdoctoral Position

in Duesseldorf / Germany

A postdoctoral position (BAT II a) is available in a laboratory working on

Molecular Parasitology and Signal Transduction


The group in Duesseldorf is working on signal transduction molecules in
the human parasitic worm Schistosoma mansoni. These molecules
govern the maturation program of vitelline cells in females, an essential
developmental process that is induced by pairing with the male. After
identification of a couple of female-specifically expressed genes whose
activity is regulated by the male, the new project concerns techniques
that have been successfully used in signal transduction research during
the last few years. The program tries to identify further signalling
molecules that react with known molecules by protein-protein interaction.
The methods include the yeast two-hybrid system, cloning of receptor
targets and others. The final goal is to elucidate the signalling pathway
that regulates vitelline cell proliferation and differentiation in female
schistosomes and to open ways to inhibit their action.

Grevelding, C.G., Sommer, G., and Kunz, W. (1997). Female-specific gene
expression in Schistosoma mansoni is regulated by pairing. Parasitology 115, 
Schuessler, P., Grevelding, C.G., and Kunz, W. (1997). Identification of
Ras, MAP kinases, and a GAP protein in Schistosoma mansoni by immunoblotting and
their putative involvement in male-female interaction.  Parasitology 115, 


Prof. Dr. Werner Kunz
Section of Genetic Parasitology
Institute for Genetics, Heinrich-Heine-University, Universitaetsstr.1,
D-40225 Duesseldorf, Germany
Tel.+ Fax: (49)211-81-12333     
E-mail: Werner.Kunz at uni-duesseldorf.de

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