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Research Assistant Investigating the Intersection Between Iron Homeostasis and Gene Regulation

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The Aleman lab is looking for a research assistant to aid in studying the connection between iron homeostasis and gene regulation in humans, within the context of iron-deficiency anemia. Using a wide range of skills and techniques we hope to answer the fundamental question: What happens at the molecular, cellular, and organismal level during periods of iron-deficiency?

These experiments involve techniques including molecular dynamics simulations, biophysical and biochemical characterization with purified proteins, cell culture experiments, and mouse models, in the longer term. The aim is to understand the fundamental principles that define how low iron affects the gene regulation in the cell.

This position is ideal for a student that is enthusiastic about science, in general, and looking to bring fundamental biology and chemistry into the cellular context, leading to understanding from the molecular level to the organismal level. The applicant will be able to commit to 20 hours per week on a fixed schedule throughout the semester.

Please email Matt Mehlenbacher ( and provide an updated CV that defines relevant coursework and prior research experience, if applicable. Also, include one paragraph explaining what you hope to gain with this research opportunity, your general science interests, as well as your long-term plans.

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Maria Aleman
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Matt Mehlenbacher
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