Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available immediately in Dr. Lin Han’s NanoBiomechanics Laboratory (https://linhanlab.com) at the School of Biomedical Engineering, Science and Health Systems at Drexel University in Philadelphia, PA.
Successful candidates will lead one of the two projects:
Primitive collagen in the progenitor cell mechanobiology and regeneration of fibrous-hyaline cartilage hybrid matrix. This project aims to study the role of the primitive collagen, type V, in regulating the progenitor cell chondrogenesis in vivo and in vitro, and to test the therapeutic potential of using collagen V for improving the regeneration of the hybrid of fibro- and hyaline cartilage matrix in temporomandibular joint. Candidates will be trained in AFM-based nanomechanics tools, advanced multiscale imaging, mechanobiology analysis and conditional mouse model development. Candidates with background in musculoskeletal biology and/or murine model maintenance/analysis are encouraged to apply.
Decellularized extracellular matrix for stem cell chondrogenesis and cartilage regeneration. The goal is to test the therapeutic potential of decellularized matrix in modulating stem cell chondrogenesis, mechanotransduction, biosynthesis and assembly of neo-cartilage matrix. Candidates will be trained in AFM-based nanomechanics tools, advanced biomaterial fabrication and characterization, multiscale imaging, mechanobiology analysis. Candidates with background in cartilage tissue engineering, and/or stem cell biology are encouraged to apply.
What we offer:
Supportive mentorship on training in critical and independent thinking, professional presentation/writing, grantsmanship, and providing networking and collaboration opportunities in the broad Biomed community.
A support team for medical technology commercialization through the endowed Coulter-Drexel Translational Research Partnership Program.
A stimulating environment with freedom to develop new research directions.
NIH-funded positions with competitive pay and full benefits.
Highly motivated individuals with a Ph.D. in a relevant area (biomaterials, musculoskeletal bioengineering, cartilage biology/mechanobiology or related disciplines) are encouraged to apply. Candidates demonstrating strong independent thinking and willingness to work with junior graduate students are preferred.
About Drexel University, School of Biomed. Eng. Sci. & Health Syst.
NanoBiomechanics lab at Drexel aims to tackle the interdisciplinary challenges in the development, regeneration and degeneration of biological tissue extracellular matrix (ECM). We integrate novel approaches in nanotechnology, biomaterials, biomechanics, matrix biology and gene therapy.