Marika Falcone, MD PhD
Division of Immunology, Transplantation and Infectious Diseases
ABOUT THE POSITION
We are looking for a highly motivated and hardworking candidate with independence and creative thinking qualities to join our group to work on the role of the cross-talk between gut microbial strains and autoimmune T cells in the pathogenesis of extra-intestinal autoimmune diseases and, specifically, Multiple Sclerosis (MS).
Despite recent studies have clearly highlighted a critical role of the microbiota in modulation of extra-intestinal autoimmune diseases such as MS, the mechanisms through which commensal bacterial strains activate self-reactive T cells are still largely unknown. Through analysis of human intestinal tissue samples, study of intestinal organoid cultures and exploitation of TCR transgenic murine models we aim at understanding those mechanisms and establish a causal link between commensal bacterial strains and triggering of autoimmune diseases such as MS.
- PhD in life sciences with demonstrated productivity as assessed by publications and a strong interest in immunology and microbiology
- Experience with cellular immunology techniques
- Experience in handling and interpreting multidimensional data is essential
- Excellent analytical, communication and organizational skills
- Candidates must be able to work independently as well as with interdisciplinary teams
Please submit your cover letter and CV, including the contact information (name, institution, phone number, and e-mail address) of 2 references.