The Merchant lab applies cutting edge immune profiling modalities to study the immune system in patients with hematologic malignancies. We are looking for an immunologist with an interest in translational medicine to lead laboratory studies related to clinical trials that are currently in progress and to help design appropriate laboratory correlates for clinical trials that are being planned. In particular, we are interested in understanding the function of NK and T cell biology in the context of allogeneic bone marrow transplant, adoptive cell transfer, CART cells, bi-specific immune cell engagers (BiTE), and oncolytic virus therapy. Our lab runs the imaging mass cytometry/CyTOF core facility at Cedars-Sinai. Imaging mass cytometry allows for highly multiplexed (35+ markers) imaging of immune and tumor cells, with spatial information and subcellular resolution. Imaging mass cytometry can be applied to all tissue types including cell lines, organoid, frozen section and FFPE fixed archival tissue. The lab also has projects that test immune therapies in xenograft models of human tumor and transgenic mouse models that would offer opportunities to perform mechanistic studies related to tumor immunology. Collaborations with other investigators at Cedars-Sinai allows access to single cell RNAseq, mass spec proteomics, and metabolic studies of immune cells.
Primary Duties and Responsibilities:
Designs and performs experiments. Will keep appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyze the results with the Principal Investigator.
Will assist in preparation of grant proposals, but is not responsible for generating grant funds. Will be encouraged to apply for fellowships as part of career development
Will participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author.
Will develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
Analyzes, interprets, summarizes and compiles data.
Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
Providing healthcare for more than 100 years, Cedars-Sinai has evolved into one of the most dynamic and highly renowned medical centers in the world. Along with caring for patients, Cedars-Sinai is a hub for biomedical research and a training center for future physicians and other healthcare professionals. This attracts exceptional talent to Cedars-Sinai, including world-renowned physician-scientists who seek a place where they can both conduct research and see patients--the ideal formula for discovery and its translation into cures. Our patients benefit from access to doctors at the top of their fields, and our researchers have an ideal community in which to study the impact of healthcare challenges, and reflect that knowledge in their research. The greater Los Angeles area in which Cedars-Sinai resides possesses unparalleled cultural and ethnic diversity which offers outstanding opportunities for translational and clinical research... and a dynamic environment for medical education.Although community based, Cedars-Sinai is a major teaching hospital affiliated with the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Cedars-Sinai has highly competitive graduate medical education programs in more than 50 specialty and subspecialty areas, a graduate program in biomedical sciences and translational medicine, a clinical scholars program directed towards junior physicians with aspirations to become clinical scientists, and post graduate training opportunities.There are more than 250 full-time faculty members at Cedars-Sinai. The voluntary medical staff, comprised of more than 2,200 specialty board-certified or board-qualified physicians, represent all of the specialties and subspecialties and collaborate with full-time medical staff in the teaching responsibilities of the graduate medical education programs.