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Liberibacter asiaticus is an insect-transmitted bacterial parasite of plants and the causative agent of citrus greening disease, a condition currently devastated the US citrus industry. The incumbent will conduct basic research on L. asiaticus in the laboratory of Dr. A. Omsland within a larger, multi-investigator project aimed at developing countermeasures against citrus greening disease. Primary responsibilities include developing and executing research in bacteriology, bacterial physiology, and cell biology as required to fulfill research objectives for an ongoing funded project. Other responsibilities include analysis of data, maintenance of accurate research records, review of current literature, preparation of manuscripts, and presentation of research findings at meetings. The incumbent is expected to work productively with other laboratory personnel including research technicians, graduate students and undergraduate students; and must also have the ability to work collegially and collaboratively with diverse populations.
PhD in microbiology, biomedical sciences, or related field. Experience directly related to the duties and responsibilities specified in job description.
Preference will be given to applicants with experience in general bacteriological and cell culture techniques, bacterial physiology, plant and insect biology, recombinant DNA techniques including PCR and DNA sequence analysis, protein purification, microscopy, scintillation counting and autoradiography.
Dr. Omsland’s Research Profile
Dr. Omsland conducts research on bacterial obligate intracellular parasites including Coxiella burnetii, Chlamydia trachomatis, and Liberibacter asiaticus. C. burnetii is a zoonotic pathogen that causes human Q fever. C. trachomatis is a leading cause of sexually transmitted diseases, as well as trachoma, a potentially blinding ocular infection most commonly diagnosed in developing countries. L. asiaticus is an insect vector-transmitted plant pathogen and the causative agent of citrus greening disease. Over the past few years Dr. Omsland’s research has focused on understanding physiochemical and nutritional requirements of obligate intracellular parasites and development of host cell-free (axenic) culture techniques to facilitate their physiological analyses. Long-term research interests include nutritional regulation of pathogen virulence and developmental cycles (Coxiella and Chlamydia), and the metabolic basis of persistent infections.
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