Postdoctoral Associate- GI Cancer and Microbiome

Baylor College of Medicine

Houston, TX

Job posting number: #7161444 (Ref:16774-en_US)

Posted: August 9, 2023

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description


A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Chen laboratory in the Department of Medicine at Baylor College of Medicine to study GI cancers. The lab has a strong interest in cancer biology, focusing on discovering novel genomic and proteomic alterations associated with GI cancers, and translating this knowledge into novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches. The postdoc will join us to investigate the neoplastic progression of colitis associated colorectal cancer, using several model systems, including cell culture models, 3D human organoid cultures, mouse models, and human gastrointestinal tissues. We apply proteomics, metaproteomics, transcriptomics, and metabolomics approaches to dissect the complex interplays between gut microbiota and host response, and investigate how they affect the development of colorectal cancer. The successful candidate should have a recent PhD degree in molecular biology or related biological science fields. The candidates should have excellent communication skill, be highly self-motivated and work well in a team. Experience in animal models is required.

Job Duties

  • Plans, directs, and conducts specialized and advanced research experiments under the mentorship and guidance of Dr. Ru Chen.
  • Evaluates and analyzes data.
  • Establishes new research protocols and procedures pertinent to the projects.
  • Summarizes research findings and publish results in research journals. 
  • Maintains laboratory operations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • MD or Ph.D. in Basic Science, Health Science, or a related field.
  • No experience required.

Preferred Qualifications

  • A recent Ph.D degree in molecular biology or related biological science fields.
  • Prior first author publications in peer reviewed journals.
  • Highly motivated in biomedical research. 
  • Excellent communication, time management and teamwork kills. 
  • Experience in animal models is required.


Baylor College of Medicine requires employees to be fully vaccinated -subject to approved exemptions-against vaccine-preventable diseases including, but not limited to, COVID-19 and influenza.


Baylor College of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Equal Access Employer.





Baylor College of Medicine fosters diversity among its students, trainees, faculty and staff as a prerequisite to accomplishing our institutional mission, and setting standards for excellence in training healthcare providers and biomedical scientists, promoting scientific innovation, and providing patient-centered care. - Diversity, respect, and inclusiveness create an environment that is conducive to academic excellence, and strengthens our institution by increasing talent, encouraging creativity, and ensuring a broader perspective. - Diversity helps position Baylor to reduce disparities in health and healthcare access and to better address the needs of the community we serve. - Baylor is committed to recruiting and retaining outstanding students, trainees, faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds by providing a welcoming, supportive learning environment for all members of the Baylor community.

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Job posting number:#7161444 (Ref:16774-en_US)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Baylor College of Medicine
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