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A hallmark of many diseases and cancers is a dysfunctional cytoskeleton. A properly functioning cytoskeleton is needed for a wide variety of cellular events ranging from cell shape to cell signaling and migration/metastasis. The Parkhurst laboratory in the Basic Sciences Division at Fred Hutch uses multidisciplinary approaches to study these dynamic structural elements in various processes including wound repair and nuclear architecture/organization. Our goal is to understand the role of these elements in regulating normal developmental events and how this regulation goes awry in diseases/cancers, thereby providing new avenues for possible therapeutic targets or to enhance the effectiveness of existing treatment modalities.
Our current research efforts are divided among studies of: (1) Molecular and cellular mechanisms of single cell and multicellular (tissue) wound repair and (2) Nuclear architecture and organization.
Additional information about the research in the Parkhurst lab can be found at:
- The research technician will primarily carry out an independent research project that involves cell biology, developmental genetics, and molecular biology.
- The technician will participate in lab meetings and journal clubs.
- Other responsibilities include general lab maintenance (ordering, caring for Drosophila flies, fly media preparation), and other duties as needed.
- This is an ideal position for a recent graduate who wants to gain an intense research experience before pursuing graduate and/or medical school.-
- A bachelor’s degree in a biological science and bench research experience are required.
- Reliability is essential.
- Good verbal and written communication skills.
- Good interpersonal skills.
- To be successful in this position, the technician must have scientific curiosity, a high level of self-motivation, the ability to take instruction and correction and to follow directions, good organizational skills, the ability to work and think independently, and wants to stay at least two years.
- Must be able to distinguish different intensities and hues of red color.