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An exciting PhD or MD postdoctoral fellowship position is available in the translational research laboratory of Camilia Martin MD MS and Steven Freedman MD PhD in the Department of Neonatology and the Division of Translational Research at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center/Harvard Medical School. The focus of the research is on understanding the mechanisms leading to diseases in premature infants using both animal models and cell culture studies as well as analysis of human samples. In addition to cell and molecular biology approaches to define immunologic and developmental abnormalities predisposing to disease in the intestine, lung, and brain, through an NIH R01 grant, the laboratory is using nutrigenomic approaches, specifically transcriptomics and metabolomics studies, to define the mechanism by which specific fatty acids in the diet lead to the risk of necrotizing enterocolitis and neurocognitive deficits. This exciting position can lead to a faculty appointment within our department. Our lab prides itself on strong mentoring and an excellent track record of supporting fellows advancing to their first faculty position.

Essential Responsibilities

  1. Conduct cell and molecular biologic studies of existing animal models of prematurity including systems biology analyses.
  2. Perform standard analyses including western blotting, luminex analyses, RT-PCR, use of existing transgenic mouse models.
  3. Take the lead on developing research protocols to define mechanisms by which local and systemic fatty acid changes predispose to disease in prematurity including models of necrotizing enterocolitis, chronic lung disease, and neurocognitive deficits. This includes studies of developmental and immunologic markers.
  4. Assist in systems biology analysis of transcriptomic and metabolomic data leading to hypothesis driven experiments.
  5. Take the lead on relevant publications and presentation at meetings. With our support and grant writing training, submit grant applications.

Required Qualifications

  1. Doctoral degree required, either PhD, MD, or MD PhD
  2. Track record of success within the basic science laboratory.
  3. Advanced skills with Microsoft applications which may include Outlook, Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Access and other web-based applications. May produce complex documents, perform analysis and maintain databases.


  1. Written Communications: Ability to summarize and communicate in English moderately complex information in varied written formats including generation of manuscripts and presentation at meetings.
  2. Oral Communications: Ability to comprehend and communicate complex verbal information in English to colleagues and at meetings.
  3. Knowledge: Ability to demonstrate in-depth knowledge of concepts, practices and science relevant to the research projects as well as have a good command of the pertinent literature.
  4. Team Work: Ability to lead collaborative teams and work with the other researchers and fellows in the lab.


For inquiries, please send your CV and a brief statement of interest to