Postdoctoral Fellow - Diabetes Immunology

City of Hope

Duarte, CA

Job posting number: #7144490 (Ref:10020947)

Posted: May 10, 2023

Salary / Pay Rate: $31.00 - $34.23 / hour

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

About City of Hope

City of Hope is an independent research and treatment center for diabetes, cancer and other life-threatening diseases. Bringing together the best in bench-to bedside research, City of Hope’s Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute (AR-DMRI) is one of the world’s most comprehensive diabetes research programs.

City of Hope has a long and impressive history of groundbreaking discoveries in the field of diabetes spanning more than five decades since Rachmiel Levine, M.D., who discovered the role of insulin in glucose transport, launched diabetes research at City of Hope in the 1970s. The Institute is named for Arthur D. Riggs, Ph.D., another pioneer in the field famous for his work on synthesizing the first man-made gene and using synthetic genes to produce human insulin, now the standard of care for people with diabetes worldwide. The AR-DMRI is headed by Debbie Thurmond, Ph.D., a renowned research scientist, professor and founding chair of the Department of Molecular & Cellular Endocrinology.

City of Hope is also home to seminal National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK) programs, such as the Human Islet Research Network (HIRN) and the Integrated Islet Distribution Program (IIDP), that lead the field of diabetes in diabetes research and translational potential.

City of Hope is located in Los Angeles, California, with community clinics throughout Southern California. It recently acquired Cancer Treatment Centers of America, extending its national reach. One of only 53 NCI-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, it has been ranked as one of "America's Best Hospitals" in cancer by U.S. News & World Report for over 15 years. Founded in 1913, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of immunotherapy and clinical islet cell transplantation for diabetes, bone marrow transplantation and numerous breakthrough cancer drugs, many based on technology developed at the institution.

Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Fellowship opportunity is immediately available for the highly motivated individual in the laboratory of Dr. Alberto Pugliese, MD in the AR-DMRI Department of Diabetes Immunology. The research is highly translational and primarily focused on human type 1 diabetes. The candidate will participate in several projects. Major ongoing projects are investigating miRNA biomarkers, pancreas pathology, and novel therapeutics, also in the context of the analysis of live pancreas tissue from organ donors obtained from the Network for Organ Donors with Diabetes (nPOD), of which Dr. Pugliese is Executive Co-Director, and in future clinical trials. Upcoming studies are projected to include the analysis of samples from patients with type 1 diabetes participating in clinical trials, with trials expected to start in late 2023 and 2024. Additional studies involve analysis of samples from recipients of pancreas-kidney transplant in the context of recurrent type 1 diabetes.

Desirable skills that are used in the lab include: flow cytometry, molecular biology techniques, cell culture, microscopy, tissue processing, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, data analysis (gene expression data, flow cytometry data, etc). While our research is primarily focused on human specimens, animal studies are used on occasion.

· For more information on nPOD please visit here:

· For more information on the Arthur Riggs Diabetes & Metabolism Research Institute please visit here:

· For more information on The Wanek Family Project for Type 1 Diabetes please visit here:

Basic education, experience and skills required for consideration:

· PhD or M.D. in a relevant field of study

· Pre-doctoral experience/training in type 1 diabetes research desirable but not an absolute requirement

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills

· Familiarity with computer software (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, databases) and basic statistical principles

· Excellent interpersonal skills, collaborative nature

Additional Information:

As a condition of employment, City of Hope requires staff to comply with all state and federal vaccination mandates.

· For more information on Dr. Albert Pugliese please visit here:

Salary / Pay Rate Information:
Pay Rate: $31.00 - $34.23 / hour

The estimated pay scale represents the typical [salary/hourly] range City of Hope reasonably expects to pay for this position, with offers determined based on several factors which may include, but not be limited to, the candidate’s experience, expertise, skills, education, job scope, training, internal equity, geography/market, etc. This pay scale is subject to change from time to time.

City of Hope is a community of people characterized by our diversity of thought, background and approach, but tied together by our commitment to care for and cure those with cancer and other life-threatening diseases. The innovation that our diversity produces in the areas of research, treatment, philanthropy and education has made us national leaders in this fight. Our unique and diverse workforce provides us the ability to understand our patients' needs, deliver compassionate care and continue the quest for a cure for life-threatening diseases. At City of Hope, diversity and inclusion is a core value at the heart of our mission. We strive to create an inclusive workplace environment that engages all of our employees and provides them with opportunities to develop and grow, both personally and professionally. Each day brings an opportunity to strengthen our work, leverage our different perspectives and improve our patients’ experiences by learning from others. Diversity and inclusion is about much more than policies and campaigns. It is an integral part of who we are as an institution, how we operate and how we see our future.

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