When the work you do every single day has a crucial impact on the lives of others, every effort, every detail, and every second matters. The Lu Lab is seeking a highly motivated Research Lab Assistant II to provide research support and contribute to our mission of providing word-class health care and the best quality service to our patients and communities. We invite you to consider this exciting opportunity!
The Lu Laboratory has multiple research programs that are focused primarily on mechanisms and treatments of liver injury, fibrosis and cancer. Two molecules that the Lu Lab is most interested in are glutathione (GSH) and S-adenosylmethionine (SAMe).
GSH is a key anti-oxidant that protects human cells. Studies in the Lu Lab show that GSH synthesis is impaired in multiple forms of liver injury, including fibrosis. SAMe is the principal biological methyl donor and patients with liver disease have reduced hepatic SAMe level. The Lu Laboratory has shown that chronic SAMe depletion in the liver results in liver cancer development in mice. The goal in the lab is to understand how the synthesis of these molecules is regulated and why they become dysregulated in liver disease. Researchers in the Lu Lab hope results from their studies will pave the way for novel treatments of liver diseases and prevention of liver cancer.
The RLAII performs lab cleaning and maintenance duties including washing and sterilizing glassware, operates autoclaves and other specialized equipment, utilizing special detergents or other cleaning agents. Assists in ordering and maintenance of cleaning supplies inventory. May oversee or assist Research Lab Assistant I.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
May assist in performance of experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects in a specific area of research.
May be trained on-the-job in basic benchwork under close supervision of PI or other designated laboratory supervisor.
Performs administrative duties in laboratory or in accordance with research project.
Maintains project records, as required.
Orders laboratory supplies and reagents in a timely manner.
Assists in maintaining laboratory and laboratory equipment record keeping.
Associate Degree/College Diploma. College coursework in Biological Sciences preferred.
Experience and Skillset:
One to two (1-2) years actual lab experience including: biochemical research techniques, preparation of reagents and solutions, order/inventory of laboratory supplies, data input, organization and miscellaneous lab functions.
Knowledge of basic Biochemistry and Molecular Biology is preferred.
Thorough knowledge of routine cleaning and maintenance procedures to support the activity of one or more research labs.
Uses specialized equipment and materials. Adheres to safety standards and procedures.
Ability to be trained in basic benchwork on-the-job.
Working Title: Research Lab Assistant II - Per Diem - Lu Lab
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