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Internal Number: 2111589
Research Assistant I
Provide, under direct supervision, support for specified research projects; collect, assess, and communicate data/results. Assist in general laboratory operation and inventory.
The PI, Dolly Ann Padovani-Claudio, MD, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Dr. Padovani-Claudio is a physician-scientist with funding from the NIH/NEI and foundations. She practices pediatric ophthalmology at the Vanderbilt Eye Institute and her research focus is on the interplay between inflammation and abnormal vessel growth in the retina.
Retinal Inflammation and new vessel growth can cause swelling, bleeding, scarring, and tissue traction leading to vision loss as seen in diabetic retinopathy and retinopathy of prematurity. Dr. Padovani-Claudio goal is to repurpose drugs previously developed to target inflammation and vascular growth in non-ocular systems to prevent, abort, or revert these potentially blinding conditions. Her lab uses human retinal cells from donor eyes as well as animal models to achieve these goals. Pharmacologic and genetic approaches are employed to block the function of target receptors to understand disease pathophysiology and develop new therapies.
Dr. Padovani-Claudio is looking for a research assistant who is committed and with a growth mindset. Characteristics that describe ideal candidates include: highly motivated, organized, meticulous, able to collaborate with others in lab, intellectually curious, honest, dedicated, professional, responsive to feedback, and reliable. Previous committed Research Assistants in her lab are now enrolled in graduate programs (PhD, MD/PhD) or have advanced in their positions as RAs.
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