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Positions available in the lab of Zhen Yan, Ph.D.

Research Associate

A full-time Research Associate is sought for the lab of Dr. Zhen Yan at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion. The Yan lab is an interdisciplinary research group of molecular biologists and exercise physiologies that studies the impacts of regular exercise on health and various pathologic conditions, including diabetes, atherosclerosis, heart failure and Alzheimer’s Disease. We use a range of tools and techniques, including CRISPR-Cas9-mediated gene editing and tissue-specific inducible transgenic mice in different exercise models. We work with collaborators all over the world to translate the findings to have direct impact on general population and patients. We seek a qualified individual to work across multiple projects in the lab to implement and develop methods to study the impacts of exercise on health and disease prevention. This individual will also be expected to work closely with collaborators at FBRI and other institutions and maintain a high level of research progress and presentation in all interactions. The work of this scientist will bridge multiple grants and projects which require in vivo imaging and analysis, cellular assays, and animal physical and behavioral work. This position will require in-person laboratory time at the Roanoke campus.

Research Assistant

The Center for Exercise Medicine Research (CEMR), a research center at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at VTC in Roanoke, VA, is dedicated to the promotion of health and the prevention and treatment of lifestyle-related disease. The Yan lab is currently employing advanced molecular genetics in mice and quantitative methods to conduct leading-edge research on the role of exercise in promotion of health and prevention of disease. We are looking for a Research Assistant to work primarily on NIH-funded research projects examining the impact of exercise on obesity, type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease. The primary responsibility of this position is animal colony management, genotyping, some general laboratory operations, and provision of help for data collection for in vitro and in vivo research projects. The individual will also be responsible for operating equipment. The successful candidate should be detail oriented, keeping careful records of interactions with participants in a laboratory setting. The candidate should also be flexible and enjoy a fast-paced research environment.

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