Positions are available at the University of California, Riverside (USA) to study Phytophthora infestans, the fungus-like oomycete that causes the late blight diseases of potato and tomato. The projects involve a mixture of cell biology, molecular biology, biochemistry, proteomics, and bioinformatics and focus on:
1. Cell cycle regulators and Phytophthora sporulation. We have identified cell cycle regulators that play important roles in spore formation and germination. Mechanisms of their subcellular targeting and function will be studied through immunoelectron and confocal microscopy, and protein-protein interaction studies.
2. Phytophthora traits relevant to pathogenesis. Goals include determining how plant nutrients are assimilated by P. infestans, and mechanisms of resistance to fungicides. The work will involve a combination of molecular genetics, high-throughput sequencing and bioinformatics, and cell biology.
3. Transcriptional networks in Phytophthora growth and pathogenicity. This project focuses on characterizing transcription factors that regulate the life and disease cycles, and will involve biochemical, genetic, and bioinformatic approaches.
Funding is available for up to three years, available immediately. We are looking for talented and motivated individuals that have an interest in oomycetes or fungi, microbial/plant development or physiology, or plant-pathogen interactions. Those experienced with immunoelectron microscopy, confocal microscopy, or transcription factor purification are especially encouraged to apply.
Additional information about the lab is at: http://oomyceteworld.net/. Our park-like university campus in sunny southern California is located near three diverse environments: ocean, desert, and mountains.
For more information or to apply, please contact: Howard Judelson (firstname.lastname@example.org), Department of Plant Pathology, University of California, Riverside CA 92521 USA. If you send an email attachment, please label it with your name.