The working group “AHR signaling & environmentally-induced skin damage” at the IUF – Leibniz Research Institute for Environmental Medicine in Düsseldorf is currently looking for a student (m/w/d) for a Master Thesis with the title:
Impact of a changing micromilieu on aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling and downstream events in UV radiation-damaged keratinocytes.
The project: Squamous cell carcinoma (SCC) of the skin result from chronic exposure to solar or artificial UV radiation and the associated accumulation of damaged cells in the tissue. However, while the epidermal compartment of chronically UV-exposed skin contains large amounts of keratinocytes that carry mutations in cancer driver genes, only a few of them undergo the process of malignant transformation to an invasive SCC. The reason for this as well as the molecular mechanisms that drive this neoplastic transformation are only partially understood. Based on preliminary data, we hypothesize that an aberrant regulation of the aryl hydrocarbon receptor (AHR) signaling pathway might be causally involved. Aim of this project is to investigate the effects of a changing microenvironment on AHR-dependent signal transduction, proliferation, apoptosis resistance and invasive growth of UV-damaged epidermal keratinocytes.
Your profile: Our working group is looking for a motivated master student (m/w/d) with a high level of commitment, fun at work, and team spirit. The applicant should have a completed bachelor’s degree in molecular biology, cell biology or a related discipline. Hands-on experience in cell culture, protein biochemistry, and/or FACS analysis is a plus. Furthermore, good knowledge of English is mandatory.
We offer: An interdisciplinary international team with a pleasant working atmosphere and a thorough training in a highly topical, challenging area of research.
Start: As soon as possible
Please address your application by e-mail (letter of motivation, CV, certificates, etc.) with the reference “Master Haarmann-Stemmann” in the subject line to Bewerbung@IUF-duesseldorf.de
Dr. Thomas Haarmann-Stemmann
IUF – Leibniz-Institut für umweltmedizinische Forschung
Auf’m Hennekamp 50
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