Research Asst II - Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care
Location: Nashville, Tennessee
Academic / Research
Internal Number: 2204600
RESEARCH ASSISTANT II - ALLERGY, PULMONARY AND CRITICAL CARE
Carry out experiments initially under direct supervision, but over time with partial independence in planning, implementation, and interpretation. Read and follow established laboratory protocols. Assist with general lab maintenance, including: freezer maintenance, inventory, and tracking of supply orders. Report data and findings to the lab manager and PI in a timely fashion. Keep detailed record of lab work and experimental procedures. May involve some animal work. Prior experiences in ELISA, qPCR, flow cytometry, platelet aggregation, microscopy, and data computing will be highly preferred.
Our lab is focused on the role of innate immune cells and mediators in adult-onset asthma with the goal of finding new and personalized treatment options for adults with asthma. Our prime areas of interest include: the mechanisms of disease severity and therapeutic response in patients with Aspirin-Exacerbated Respiratory Disease (AERD), the mechanism by which obesity alters airway inflammation in adults with asthma, and how human platelets contribute to airway inflammation via the innate and the adaptive immune response in the respiratory tract.
Under moderate supervision, conduct and evaluate experiments and assays
Understand and follow experimental protocols (may include animal handling, tissue culture, etc.)
Record, compile, interpret, and communicate data/results
Follow University safety protocols (may include use of combustibles, radioactivity, toxic material, and/or carcinogens)
Perform calculations involving molarity, % solutions, and serial dilutions
Prepare, operate and troubleshoot equipment in experimental procedures
Read and follow all equipment manuals
Maintain and repair equipment according to manufacturer and University guidelines
Ensure Laboratory is prepared for experiments
Maintain sterile conditions as required
Demonstrate an understanding of acceptable procedures and techniques
Recognize problems and suggest solutions
Assist in modifications as directed
Provide appropriate written documentation of experiments
Prepare preliminary research progress reports
Summarize test results appropriately
Department Summary: The Division of Allergy, Pulmonary and Critical Care is directed by Dr. Timothy Blackwell and its mission is to:
deliver world-class clinical care to patients with allergic diseases, pulmonary conditions, and critical illness through employing a collaborative, multi-disciplinary approach with a wide range of clinical programs.
lead in the development of cutting-edge, patient-focused research that extends from basic discoveries to clinical implementation.
provide state-of-the-art education and training including a strong fellowship program to inspire and nurture the next generation of leaders in allergy and immunology, pulmonary medicine, and critical care.
Work hours: Monday - Friday, Normal Daytime Business Hours
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