Host-Microbial Interactions
Center for


Postdoctoral Positions in Molecular Medical Mycology, Fungal Genetics and Bacterial Pathogenesis

The Duke University Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions (CHoMI) has several openings for Postdoctoral Research Associates. The Center was created within the umbrella of the Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology and comprises several interdisciplinary and interactive laboratories at Duke University including the Departments of Medicine, Biochemistry, Biology, Pathology, and Molecular Genetics and Microbiology. The Center's laboratories are well funded by the Burroughs Wellcome Foundation and NIH.

Mycology-Related Research
There are currently thirteen labs at Duke focused on fungal pathogenesis. All thirteen labs are members of the Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions (CHoMI). A number of laboratories focus on Cryptococcus neoformans, for which molecular and genetic approaches are being used to investigate population genetics, signal transduction, novel antifungal drug targets, and regulation of growth at 37°C. There is also considerable work in these and other areas involving Candida albicans, Saccharomyces cerevisiae, and other fungi.

Laboratory directors include: Barbara Alexander, J. Andrew Alspaugh, Gary M. Cox, Fred S. Dietrich, Joseph Heitman, Ana Litvintseva, John H. McCusker, Thomas G. Mitchell, John R. Perfect, Mari Shinohara, William Steinbach, Rytas Vilgalys, and Aimee Zaas. Internet links to each investigator can be found at:

Bacteriology-Related Research
There are currently fourteen labs focusing on bacterial pathogenesis. Areas of interest and expertise include the role of vesicles in toxin production and delivery, how bacterial pathogens interact with immune cells, the molecular evolution of virulence in Mycobacteria, the role of the normal flora in health and human disease, and the use of model systems approaches.

The Duke University Bacteriology Research Unit laboratory directors include: Alejandro Aballay, Soman Abraham, Jorn Coers, Xinnian Dong, Vance Fowler, Richard Frothingham, Meta Kuehn, Sunhee Lee, Dewey McCafferty, Patrick Seed, Gregory Taylor, David Tobin, and Raphael Valdivia. Direct links to each investigator can be found at:

We are seeking talented scientists with research expertise in any of the following areas: genetics, microbiology, population studies, evolution, molecular biology, biochemistry, pharmacology, animal models and/or microbial pathogenesis. Prior research experience with pathogenic fungi or bacteria is not essential.

Salaries are commensurate with skills and experience. Relative to many other parts of the country, the Research Triangle area has a modest cost of living. For additional information, please consult the Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions (CHoMI) web site

Deadline & Start Date
The positions remain open until filled; a mutually agreed upon start date will be reached with the selected candidates.

To Apply
Applications, which should include a CV and list of references, should be submitted to:

Alejandro Aballay, Director, Center for Host-Pathogen Interactions (CHoMI). Department of Molecular Genetics and Microbiology
Box 3054 DUMC, 265 Jones Building, Research Drive
Duke University Medical Center, Durham, NC 27710

Electronic applications are also welcome at You may also apply directly to individual laboratory directors as listed on the Center web site. Duke University is an equal opportunity employer. Inquiries from women and minorities are encouraged.