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PhD position in Molecular Biology - Innate Lymphoid Cells

In the field of  “Innate Lymphoid Cells” the research group of Prof. Andreas Diefenbach offers the following PhD project:

The role of the transcriptional regulator Id2 for instructing ILC fate

We have recently identified a common progenitor to all helper-like ILCs, dubbed CHILP (common helper-like ILC progenitor) (1,2). While clonal differentiation assays have shown that a single CHILP can give rise to all helper-like ILC subsets, the signals determining specification to the various ILC lineages remain unknown. Our preliminary data suggest that the various ILC subsets develop in a timely segregated manner. We will use inducible fate labelling techniques and lineage tracing to determine the ontogenetic windows of ILC development, and then interrogate the signals available at that time to drive ILC lineage specification. In addition, ILC identity seems to be controlled by Id2 but the transcriptional circuitry coordinated by Id2 remains unknown (2,3). We have recently generated mice in which Id2 expression can be extinguished in a time-controlled fashion. This puts us in the position to interrogate the role of Id2 for ILC progenitors and for maintaining ILC identity in mature ILC lineages that continue to express Id2 (3). We further aim to determine the interaction partners of Id2 using mass spectrometry approaches. These studies will clarify the role of Id2 for ILC development, function and maintenance.

We offer
•    The possibility to work on a cutting-edge project using state-of-the-art technology in a highly motivated research team
•    A stimulating, diverse and international research environment
•    Advanced training opportunities
•    A competitive stipend

Required qualifications
•    Master or Diploma
•    Motivation to solve complex biological problems
•    Excellent communication skills

Starting date: 1 April 2016 or later
Duration of stipend: 3 years, with the possibility of extension
Deadline for registration (exclusively online via web form):  8 November 2015

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About Institute of Molecular Biology gGmbH

Our International PhD Programme on the “Gene Regulation, Epigenetics and DNA Damage Response” gives talented and enthusiastic students the opportunity to undertake PhD research at the cutting edge of modern biology. Our groups cover a broad range of expertise and include leading biochemists, geneticists, cell and developmental biologists who study the molecular mechanisms of...

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