Dr. Christopher Carlsten is looking for a PhD student for an upcoming project funded by Genome BC. The ideal candidate will have a background in microbiology and/or biomedical informatics, but strong candidates from diverse backgrounds will be considered. All candidates must be highly motivated and committed to the project and the team. This project will focus on a comparison of the microbiome in our environment, versus that within our lungs, specifically in those with COPD. Microbes in our lungs, by definition, originated from elsewhere and that may very well be from the air around us, especially in our homes where we spend a lot of our time. If there are commonalities between the microbiome in these two microenvironments, we can use the results to design interventions that may alter the relationship between the two and thereafter test these interventions to see if they can beneficially alter clinically meaningful parameters. This project is in collaboration with the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore and Dr. Janice Leung of UBC Respiratory Medicine.

Selection Criteria

  • Experience in molecular biology techniques
  • 80% (B+) or higher undergraduate Grade Point Average
  • Undergraduate degree in biology, immunology, microbiology, pharmacology or similar, is an asset
  • Knowledge in biosciences such as molecular biology, immunology, biochemistry or health biosciences is a strong asset
  • Highly motivated person with strong interest in translational research
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Must demonstrate being able to work both independently and in team to achieve self-defined goals

Dr. Carlsten and his team have a strong track record of supervising and mentoring trainees at various levels to launch into a diversity of successful careers. Trainees will receive a monthly stipend in accordance with the University of British Columbia graduate studies requirements.

Offer Details

  • Salary: Monthly stipend in accordance with the University of British Columbia requirments
  • Start Date: Negotiable
  • Location: Vancouver, BC

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