The Microtechnology, Medicine, and Biology (MMB) laboratory (mmb.bme.wisc.edu) at the University of Wisconsin-Madison has an opening for a graduate student and/or post-doctoral researcher to help initiate a new line of research to explore the effects of mindfulness (meditation) and other activities/stimuli (e.g. exercise, caffeine) on human physiology. We seek to apply emerging and enabling sample preparation and analytical technologies to better understand the role and kinetics of these factors on physiology. The ideal candidate will have experience (and/or interest) in micro scale technology (e.g. microfluidics), mindfulness (meditation), psychology/psychiatry, cell and molecular biology and immunology. An initial emphasis will be on measuring the immune response using micro scale functional cell-based assays (e.g. neutrophil migration) in asthmatics(with or without mindfulness practice).
The MMB lab is a group of approximately 40 scientists, post-docs, graduate students and undergraduates working in a highly collaborative and multi-disciplinary environment to address unmet needs in biological research and clinical medicine. The lab is located within the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research and is physically attached to the UW Hospital. The candidate will be expected to work closely and effectively across areas of the MMB lab and in collaboration with researchers in the Center for Healthy Minds (http://www.investigatinghealthyminds.org/) directed by Prof. Richard Davidson.
Qualified candidates should send a CV, a statement of their interests/qualifications relevant to this position and a list of at least 3 references to Professor David J. Beebe (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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