A number of post-doctoral positions are available in our joint laboratories at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA).

Scholarship: Fully-funded
Degree: Ph.D
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Led by Drs. Peng Zhao and Xiaoli Sun, our labs engage communities at the Joe R. & Teresa Lozano Long School of Medicine,the UT Health San Antonio MD Anderson Cancer Center, and the UT Health San Antonio Transplant Center to bring together sectors around a common interest in interconnected chronic diseases, including metabolic diseases and cancer. We combine basic science with clinical knowledge to understand disease pathophysiology and identify novel therapeutic targets for more effective disease therapies (Zhao, et al, Cell, PMID: 29425491; Sun, et al, Cell Metabolism, PMID: 31761566; Zhao, Sun, et al, Science, PMID: 32029622). We combine human samples and employ genetically engineered mouse models to screen and identify key players in diseases and understand disease initiation and progression. 

The labs are well supported by research funds from the NIH, State of Texas, and academic associations. The combination of resources we have with cutting-edge technologies including protein biochemistry, molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, single-cell technology, spatial transcriptomics, flow cytometry, proteomics, metabolomics, lipidomic, and structural biology is providing striking new insights into mechanisms at the molecular and cellular levels that are relevant to chronic diseases including diabetes, atherosclerosis, nonalcoholic fatty liver diseases, and liver cancer. The labs foster an environment of collegiality, collaboration, support, and focus to help the next generation of motivated scientists to grow. 

Please refer to our website to find out more about our exciting ongoing research programs and our team (https://www.zhao-sun-lab.org/).

 Available Subjects:

Researchers with previous experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, metabolism, diabetes, liver disease, vascular diseases, physiology, or related areas are preferred. 

Eligibility criteria:

  • The successful candidate will carry out research independently and will receive trainings in translational research on metabolic disorders and liver cancer, as well as career development skills, including grant applications.

Application Procedure:

Please email your cover letter and CV to Drs. Peng Zhao ([email protected]) or Xiaoli Sun ([email protected]) for further discussion.