Opportunity at U.S. Army CCDC Chemical Biological Center CCDC CBC
Elucidation of Virulence Mechanisms and Detection of Pathogens
U.S. Army CCDC - Chemical Biological Center, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, & Behavioral Sciences
||Aberdeen Proving Ground, MD 210105423
|Peter A. Emanuel
Pathogen detection by immunoassay gives the biodefense community an established method for assaying environmental samples. However, this technology has limitations that necessitate the development of additional identification methodologies. Detection by polymerase chain reaction (PCR) amplification of nucleic acids and rapid hand held DNA sequencing offers additional levels of detection that will increase the capability to differentiate between closely related threats and will augment existing technology for even greater confidence in the identification of biowarfare targets. Real-time PCR detection technologies still have several hurdles that must be overcome before this technology can be fielded to support the military. Research interests include but are not limited to mechanisms of invasion, secretory pathways, micro-RNA characterization, and protein and genetic markers of exposure. Research programs exist for developing new PCR assays for detection of pathogens, lyophilization of completed assays, field testing of assay technology, and the utilization of these assays to elucidate virulence mechanisms.
Polymerase chain reaction; Biodetection; Virulence; Pathogen; Taqman;
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
$5,000 Supplement for Doctorates in Engineering & Computer Science
$4,050 Supplement for each year of experience in the DTRA CBD-funded NRC tenure at CCDC.
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.