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jthoroughman90
11-06-2007, 07:57 AM
Postdoctoral Research Position Announcement

Cornell University Department of Biomedical Engineering


Applications are now being sought for a postdoctoral research position to
study mechanisms by which mechanical forces control embryonic morphogenesis
in the heart and its valves. Our lab has developed tools to precisely
measure the spatiotemporal changes in mechanical properties of embryonic
soft tissues in situ, as well as computational analysis platforms to
quantify these on a global scale. We integrate this information with
controlled mechanical perturbation experiments on embryos as well as
engineered tissue models of morphogenesis, quantitatively analyzing the
biological response on a number of length scales.
This privately funded two year position will pursue one or more of the
following research goals: 1) Analyze and integrate the global and local
soft tissue mechanics and fluid shear stress data of embryonic hearts
towards developing a kinematically based model of valvular
morphogenesis. 2) Evaluate the in vivo mechanobiological function of the
embryonic heart via controlled mechanical perturbations of models of
cardiac development, 3) Determine the interrelationships between growth
factor signaling and mechanical stimulation in the normal and abnormal
development of cardiac tissues.
Ideal candidates should have a PhD or equivalent degree with experience in
cell and tissue mechanobiology, tissue engineering, and/or computational
modeling. Familiarity with cardiovascular biology and/or developmental
biology is a plus. Interested candidates should forward a statement of
their professional interests, a full CV and a list of three references with
complete contact information to:

Jonathan Butcher, PhD
jtb47@cornell.edu
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY

Cornell University is located in the heart of the beautiful Finger Lakes
region of upstate New York, known for its white wines and many
waterfalls. Cornell is an equal opportunity employer.