Postdoc Positions

Jing An , MD, PhD
Associate Professor, Pharmacology

Postdoctoral positions are available in the areas of:  (1) biological and biochemical studies of CXCR4 mediated stem-cell migration and beta-catenin mediated stem-cell proliferation/apoptosis; (2) bioengineering of regenerated 3D micro bone marrow induced by nanoscaffolds; and (3) discovery and development of new drugs to target CXCR4 and beta-catenin.  We are seeking self-motivated and diligent PhD. and/or MD researchers. Multidisciplinary training in biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, bioengineering and target-based drug discovery would be an advantage. Please send your curriculum vitae and the contact information of three references to: Dr. An via  e-mail:

Peter Calvert , PhD
Associate Professor, Ophthalmology

The Calvert lab at SUNY Upstate Medical University seeks a talented postdoctoral researcher to join a dynamic group within the Center for Vision Research. We study the function of the retina at the molecular and cellular levels as well as the underpinnings of degenerative diseases. Our approaches center on live cell multiphoton and confocal imaging of protein motion and interactions, including fluorescence relaxation after photoconversion, fluorescence lifetime imaging, and fluorescence cross correlation spectroscopy (e.g. see Najafi, Maza and Calvert, 2012, PNAS, 109:203-208; Najafi et al., 2012, J. Gen. Phys., 140:249-266). A new initiative is the implementation of STED microscopy to obtain super-resolution live cell structural information at near protein spatial resolution. Candidates must hold a PhD in biochemistry/molecular biology, neuroscience/physiology, biophysics or related fields. Preference will be given to candidates that have demonstrated capabilities with optical systems and imaging data processing or that have significant experience in multiphoton fluorescence microscopy. Significant knowledge of Matlab (or R) and LabView are pluses. The successful candidate will work within the rich environment of the SUNY Upstate Center for Vision Research ( and will be a member in training of the multi campus SUNY Eye Institute ( The Center for Vision Research resides in the newly opened (as of March 2014) Neuroscience Research Building which also houses the Department of Neuroscience and Physiology. Both departments have a focus on advanced fluorescence imaging of the nervous system. 

Interested individuals should submit a cover letter outlining research accomplishments, a CV and the names and contact information of 3 references to Dr. Peter D. Calvert, PhD, Associate Professor of Ophthalmology and the Center for Vision Research, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY 13210. Email: Web:  

Gary Chan , PhD
Assistant Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Highly motivated candidate with a PhD degree (or equivalent) in a relevant scientific discipline, including microbiology, molecular biology, immunology, and/or cell biology, is required.  Experience with viral and mammalian cell culture is preferred but not a prerequisite.  A strong record of scientific excellence as evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals is a plus.

The successful candidate for this postdoctoral position will work independently on projects related to human cytomegalovirus (HCMV) pathogenesis.  The project will be focused on the cellular signaling pathways induced during HCMV entry and how these signals promote virus entry into monocytes while concurrently stimulating the survival of these short-lived cells.  The postdoc will be expected to publish on these topics and assist in obtaining funding.  The postdoc will also be expected to help develop new avenues of research related to the mission of the lab.

Contact information:

Gary Chan, PhD


Derek Cooney , MD, FF/EMT-P, FACEP
Associate Professor, Emergency Medicine

EMS Medicine Fellowship: Currently accepting applications for our ACGME-accredited EMS Medicine Fellowship program.  Contact Lisa Williams, Program Coordinator, with interest ( (315) 464-4851. 

Wenyi Feng , PhD
Assistant Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

This position is for a postdoc to participate in grant-funded research on chromosomal DNA replication and genomic instability.  We are interested in the mechanisms of replication stress-induced single-stranded DNA and chromosome breakage formation in the genomes of both the model organism budding yeast and human.  Current projects include but are not limited to: 1) characterizing the structural components of the replisome during replication stress using Mass Specrometry; 2) investigating the mechanism of single-stranded DNA formation in replication checkpoint mutants using microarray analysis; and 3) mapping origins of replication and chromosome fragile sites in the human genome using next-generation sequencing.  If interested, please contact me by email at

Steven Hanes , PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Positions in Gene Regulation [none available at the present time]

Burk Jubelt , MD
Professor, Neurology

None at present.

William Kerr , PhD
Professor, Microbiology and Immunology

Post-doctoral positions available in the laboratory of William G. Kerr, Ph.D. (Depts. of Microbiology & Immunology and Pediatrics, SUNY Upstate).  Candidates are sought for ongoing NIH funded projects concerning the role of inositol phospholipid signaling in: (1) hematologic and breast neoplasms [J. Immunology 184: 3582-3889 (2010)], (2) Crohn's disease and inflammatory bowel disease  [ Gut 60:  177-88 (2011)]  (3) immune regulation  [ SCIENCE 295, 2094-2097 (2002), J. Immunology 176, 7165-69 (2006); Blood 113:  2934-44 (2009)] and (4) stem cell biology [BLOOD 98, 2028-2038 (2001); 107, 4338-45, 2006; 113:  2924-33 (2009)].  In addition to mechanistic studies devoted to the above questions, there is also significant potential for translational research and participation in commercial ventures.  For further information or to apply, please contact William G. Kerr:

Yahia Lodi , MD, FAHA
Professor, Clinical Campus - Neurology

Endovascular Surgical Neuroradilogy Fellowship: Tow years fellowship dedicated towards obtaining clinical knowledge and technical skills in the diagnosis, decision macking, endovascular treatment and long-term followup of  acute ischemic Stroke/intervention, extracranial and intracranial carotid, vertebral and basilar artery stenosis/angioplasty and stenting, embolization of cerebral aneurysm with or without stent, embolization of arteriovenous malformation (AVM), arteroivenous fistula (AVF) and brain tumor, treatment of cerebral vasospasm and delivery of pharmacological agents to the brain vascular beds.

Fellows will have an opportunities to participate in the clinical trials and clinical ourcome studies of stroke, aneurysms and vascular malformations


Eric Olson , PhD
Associate Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology

09/10/12 Postdoctoral applications welcome - please contact

Andras Perl , MD, PhD
Professor, Medicine

Interested applicant should send curriculum vitae and names, addresses, and telephone numbers of three references by e-mail to

Brief Research Description
1. Genetic and Immunological impact of the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus
Genetic and environmental factors mediate the development of autoimmune diseases, such as systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). We have identified polymorphic genotypes of the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus, located on human chromosome 1 band q42, that influence autoimmunity in SLE. Inheritance of HRES-1 alleles in lupus families is investigated. Our recent data suggest that a small GTP-ase encoded by HRES-1, termed HRES-1/Rab4 influences the recycling of cell surface receptors, such as CD4 and the T-cell receptor zeta chain, and may contribute to abnormal T-cell activation in lupus by influencing T-cell synapse formation via receptor recycling.

2. Metabolic control of systemic autoimmunity
This project investigates the role of mitochondrial dysfunction in aberrant activation and death signal processing in lupus T cells. In particular, metabolic pathways affecting nitric oxide production, glutathione metabolism, and the mammalian target of rapamycin are being investigated.

3. Regulation of Autoimmunity & Tumorigenesis by Transaldolase via Metabolic Control of Programmed Cell Death
Defects of apoptosis, a form of programmed cell death, underlie the causation of cancer, and autoimmune diseases. We have discovered and molecularly cloned human transaldolase (TAL) as an autoantigen and metabolic regulator of apoptosis. TAL is highly expressed in oligodendrocytes of the brain which are selectively targeted by autoreactive T cells and antibodies in patients with multiple sclerosis. Presently, we analyze the impact of TAL deficiency in humans and knock-out mice developed in the laboratory.

Recent Publications (* denotes UMU student/trainee)
*Pullmann, R. Jr., *Bonilla, E., Phillips, P.E., Middleton, F.A. and Perl, A. (2008) Haplotypes of the HRES-1 endogenous retrovirus are associated with development and disease manifestations of systemic lupus erythematosus. Arth. Rheum. 58:532-540.
Vyshkina, T., Sylvester, A., Sadiq, S., *Bonilla, E., Canter, J., Perl, A. and Kalman, B.(2008) Association of Common Mitochondrial DNA Variants with Multiple Sclerosis and Systemic Lupus Erythematosus. Clin. Immunol. 129:31-35.
*Fernandez D.R. and  Perl, A. (2009) Metabolic control of T-cell activation and death in SLE. Autoimmun. Rev. 8:184-189.
*Fernandez, D.R., *Telarico, T., *Bonilla, E., *Li, Q., *Banerjee, S., Middleton, F.A., Phillips, P.E.,  Crow, M.K., Oess, S., Muller-Esterl, W., and Perl, A. (2009) Activation of mTOR controls the loss of TCRζ in lupus T cells through HRES-1/Rab4-regulated lysosomal degradation. J. Immunol. 182: 2063-2073.
Hanczko, R., *Fernandez, D.R., *Doherty, E.,  Qian, Y., Vas, G., Niland, B., *Telarico, T., *Garba, A., Banerjee, S., Middleton, F.A., Barrett, D., Barcza, M., Banki, K., Landas, S.K. and Perl, A. (2009) Prevention of hepatocarcinogenesis and increased susceptibility to acetaminophen-induced liver failure in transaldolase-deficient mice by N-acetylcysteine. J. Clin. Invest. 119:1546-1557.
*Niland, B, *Miklossy, G,  Banki, K, Biddison, W.E.,  Casciola-Rosen, L., Rosen, A.,  Martinvalet, D., Lieberman, J., and Perl, A. (2010) Cleavage of transaldolase by granzyme B causes the loss of enzymatic activity with retention of antigenicity for multiple sclerosis patients. J. Immunol., 184:4025-32.

Mark Schmitt , PhD
Professor, Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

Postdoctoral Position Available: Immediate opening available for recent PhD graduate to work on a small non-coding RNA and its role is cell cycle control.  Fellow will have the opportunity to be exposed to a wide range of technologies including: structural biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics and genomics, cell biology and bioinformatics.  Experience with mice or yeast and RNA is preferred. If interested, please contact:

Dr. Mark Schmitt
Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Syracuse, New York

Christopher Turner , PhD
Distinguished Professor, Cell and Developmental Biology

Postdoctoral postions are available. Please submit a letter of interest along with a copy of your CV and research experience/interests to Dr. Turner

Andrea Viczian , PhD
Assistant Professor, Ophthalmology

A postdoctoral position is now open in the Viczian laboratory, which  studies how pluripotent cells, like stem cells, develop and differentiate into retinal cone photoreceptor cells. The successful  candidate will study the signaling pathways and molecular mechanisms  that are necessary to form these sight-saving cells. They will have a PhD in biochemistry/molecular biology or neuroscience; a background in  stem cell biology is preferred but those with mammalian cell culture  experience will still be considered. The Viczian laboratory is one of  three groups, which are working side-by-side to understand eye  formation in three model organisms: fly, frog and mouse. We are part  of a bigger group, the Center for Vision Research, which is the  research arm of the Ophthalmology Department at Upstate Medical  University. This opportunity will include training of the candidate so  that they may pursue a future career as an independent PI. Candidates  should send a current curriculum vitae, three references with contact information and a cover letter describing their interest in the  project to Please include "Postdoc" in the  subject of your email.

Yunlei Yang , MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology

Postdoctoral positions are currently available. We are seeking candidates who have a background in electrophysiology with interests in neurobiology. If you are interested, please send your electronic CV (curriculum vitae) to Yunlei Yang (

All applications should include the following:

1. Cover letter indicating current and future research interests and expected availability date

2. CV (Curriculum Vitae)

3. Description of past research experience and accomplishments

4. Selected reprints of publications

5. Names of three references

Li-Ru Zhao , PhD
Associate Professor, Neurosurgery

The postdoc candidate should have experience in making rat/mouse model of stroke, evaluation of functional improvement, brain imaging, or in cellular and molecular biology.  The methods to be used in experiments include animal models for stroke, ICV injection, animal behavioral test, live brain imaging, primary neuron cultures, bone marrow stem cell or vascular cell cultures, FACS, Western blot, qRT-PCR, ELISA, and immunohistochemistry.

If you are interested in the position, please contact Dr. Li Ru Zhao at

Sijun Zhu , MD, PhD
Assistant Professor, Neuroscience and Physiology

Postdoc positions are available to study Drosophila neural stem cells. If interested, please contact Dr. Sijun Zhu at

Postdoc Profiles

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