Postdoc positions available – Cancer Metastasis and Exosomes

The Weaver laboratory at Vanderbilt University is looking for motivated and independent postdoctoral fellows to study how tumor and host cell exosomes drive cancer metastasis. Exosomes and other extracellular vesicles (EVs) carry autocrine and paracrine factors that promote cancer metastasis in multiple cancer types. The Weaver laboratory is actively investigating the underlying cellular and molecular mechanisms that account for the unique and critical activity of exosomes in driving metastasis. Our laboratory has a strong background in exosome/EV biology, cell migration and metastasis, tumor microenvironment, cell adhesion, cytoskeleton, membrane trafficking, live cell imaging, mouse tumor models, and 3D culture. We also utilize bioinformatics analysis of large datasets (proteomics, RNA-Seq, TCGA, lipidomics) to identify key EV cargoes connected to cancer aggressiveness. We are particularly recruiting early-stage postdoctoral fellows for projects focused on 1) head and neck cancer metastasis and 2) breast cancer metastasis.

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Candidates must be within 2 years of their terminal degree with a strong publication record. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to develop their own research program and possess a Ph.D. degree with a strong background in biochemistry, molecular, and cellular biology, along with some knowledge of the cancer field. Experience with animal tumor models is also desirable. Good oral and written communication skills are required. Salary will be commensurate with experience and paid at NIH scale. Vanderbilt University is located in Nashville, Tennessee, a vibrant city with a strong artistic bent.

To apply, please contact Dr. Alissa Weaver at with your CV and a cover letter summarizing your research accomplishments, future goals, and why you are interested in postdoctoral training in the Weaver laboratory.


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