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Postdoctoral Position in Immunology and Epithelial Transport Physiology

Area of Research
The kidney is a primary target for crystals because of its role in filtering and eliminating various substances via the urine. As poorly soluble molecules and waste salts are being concentrated in the course of urine formation, crystals can build and deposit within the renal tubules and interstitium resulting in kidney failure. The composition of crystals varies based on whether they are introduced as drugs (e.g. methotrexate, sufadiazine or indinavir) or endogenous to the body (e.g. light chain crystalline nephropathy or uric acid nephropathy). Our laboratory primarily focuses on oxalate, the most common component of urinary crystals in humans. Our highly interdisciplinary investigations stretch from transport physiology studies, biophysics to animal models as well as observational and intervention studies in patients.

The research will focus on the mechanism of how crystals activate innate immune cells (macrophages and dendritic cells) in vitro and in vivo. We have established a mouse model of crystal-induced organ failure that the candidate will be examining. The project aims to define the role of the inflammasome in release of cytokines and progression of systemic diseases. In addition, the candidate will be able to examine the hypothesis in a translational approach by investigating an established patient cohort (GCKD study).

The group leader is shared grant holder and coordinator of the DAAD thematic network TRENAL (www.trenal.net). This research network has been established between Erlangen University, Yale University and University College London (UCL). Hence, the qualified postdoctoral candidate will have the opportunity for fully funded  research stays and conferences at Yale University or UCL based on performance.

Contact detail

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For further information on the project please contact the group leader Dr Felix Knauf via email at Felix.Knauf@yale.edu or Felix.Knauf@uk-erlangen.de

Job profile

Working hours
Can be Full-Time or Part-Time
Contract duration
Type of job
Work experience
job experience is not required
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
90403 Erlangen
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences, Human medicine