Bevin P. Engelward, Sc.D.
Professor of Biological Engineering
Director, MIT Superfund Research Program
Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Positions Available

An exciting postdoctoral position is now available at MIT to perform studies using mouse models relevant to cancer and aging. As part of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, the MIT Superfund Research Program, and the Department of Biological Engineering, this opportunity focuses on environmental health. Exposure to chemicals that damage DNA is a significant risk factor for cancer, and DNA damage also promotes aging. Accordingly, DNA repair is predicted to be a key modulator of disease susceptibility. Using mouse models, this project aims to test the hypothesis that specific DNA repair genes when misregulated increase the risk of cancer and aging. The project is now well underway, making this an exciting opportunity to be part of data analysis and manuscript preparation starting immediately. A key aspect of the project is its focus on DNA methylation damage, which is now at the root of a public health crisis due to contaminated medications. In addition, methylation damage is a key public health concern due to contamination at Superfund Sites. As such, this project provides a leadership opportunity to work on research that will ultimately help to inform policies designed to protect the health of thousands of people. The ability to perform research independently and synergistically with others is essential. Although experience using mouse models is not required, eagerness to be a leader in animal research is a must. A doctoral degree in the life sciences is required. Interested applicants should contact Bevin Engelward (Prof. of Biological Engineering; Director of the MIT Superfund Research Program). Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply.

An exciting postdoctoral position is now available in the MIT to work on translational research related to DNA damage and repair. As part of the MIT Center for Environmental Health Sciences, the MIT Superfund Research Program, and the Department of Biological Engineering, this opportunity provides the opportunity to do work that has the potential to impact public health. A key aspect of the project is to contribute to studies of DNA damage and repair for the Navajo Nation. There are concerns about the impact of metals on DNA repair capacity, and interventions are underway to provide zinc supplementation to offset the deleterious effects of metals that contaminate the environment. This position includes working closely with collaborators at the University of New Mexico to leverage in-house technology to address this public health challenge. In addition, this position offers the opportunity to contribute to translation of in-house DNA damage analysis technologies via formal efficacy testing. Experience in studies of mammalian cells is a plus. A doctoral degree in the life sciences is required. Interested applicants should contact Bevin Engelward (Prof. of Biological Engineering; Director of the MIT Superfund Research Program). Women, people of color, people who are differently abled, and members of the LGBTQ+ community are encouraged to apply.

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