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Chen Lab Ophthalmology Research Assistant

Research Assistant position available at Boston Children’s Hospital

A Research Assistant Position is opening in the laboratory of Dr. Jing Chen PhD in the Ophthalmology Department at Harvard Medical School and Boston Children’s Hospital. The opening provides an incredible opportunity to work on a translational disease model in the renowned Longwood Medical Area. Supported by a community of talented clinicians and researchers in the world’s largest pediatric research center, this position will help hone research skills, critical and interdisciplinary thinking, and prepare the candidate for a future career in science and medicine.  
The research of the Chen Lab focuses on using cellular and molecular biological approaches to study the mechanisms underlying pathological retinal angiogenesis and age-related retinal degeneration in mouse models of retinopathies and age-related macular degeneration. The lab also studies the molecular mechanisms controlling the blood-retinal barrier and vascular permeability in rare inherited vascular eye diseases, such as Norrie Disease. The ultimate goal of this lab is to discover possible targets for novel therapeutic treatments of retinopathy. 

This position is available starting in early summer 2020 and offers the exciting opportunity to learn cutting-edge technologies on the forefront of medical research. The position will involve the use of disease mouse models, Cre/loxP mouse systems, immunohistochemistry, western blotting, qRT-PCR, cloning, AAV preparation, flow cytometry, electroretinogram (ERG), optical coherence tomography (OCT), two-photon microscopy, confocal microscopy, and other imaging techniques. In addition, there will be many opportunities to collaborate with various labs both within Harvard Medical School and surrounding research institutions, to present research at symposiums, and gain valuable clinical exposure to ophthalmology and other related fields of medicine.  
Detailed information about the Chen Lab can be found at:  
● B.S/B.A. in a biological science related field
● Two year commitment 
● Resume/CV and cover letter
● Competitive applicants will have strong research experiences and a GPA above 3.4, though we encourage all applicants to apply with other qualifying experience  

Interested candidates can apply through Handshake. Any further questions may be addressed to William Britton, email: