Post-Doctoral Fellow – Inherited Retinal Degenerations
Ocular Genomics Institute, Mass Eye and Ear and Harvard Medical School
We are seeking a talented postdoctoral fellow to join our team to study the genetic causality of and gene therapies for inherited retinal degenerations (IRDs). IRDs are important causes of vision loss that affect people of all ages. These disorders cause vision loss via dysfunction and death of the photoreceptor and retinal pigment epithelial cells of the retina. Over 260 IRD disease genes have been identified to date, but the genetic cause of disease remains elusive for 1/3rd of affected patients. Gene therapies for several specific genetic forms of IRD show promise in clinical trials, and gene therapy for one genetic form of IRD was recently approved by the FDA. We are looking for a postdoc to join our NIH-funded project to improve our understanding of the genetic causes of IRDs, study disease mechanisms, and test gene therapy for one genetic form of IRD.
Qualified candidates should have strong molecular and cellular biologic skills, and be able to work independently as well as in a group environment. This position offers an excellent opportunity to learn and apply skills in genetics, molecular biology, gene therapies, and evaluation of animal models of disease. Experience in one or more of these areas is preferred.
Interested candidates should send their CV, a cover letter, and contact information for 3 references to:
Dr. Eric A Pierce
Ocular Genomics Institute
Mass Eye and Ear
243 Charles St
Boston, MA 02114
Massachusetts Eye and Ear is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.