Opportunity at Davies Teaching Fellowships (ARL/USMA)
Bacteriophage for Biothreat Treatment and Remediation
US Military Academy-FFP, Photonics Research Associateship-FFP
||West Point, NY 10996
This research aims to identify novel bacteriophages with the end goal of utilizing them as clinical therapeutics and as agents for remediation of bioweapon attacks. Initial emphasis will be on bacteriophage discovery and the effects of phage exposure on multidrug resistant bacterial strains. Novel phages will be sequenced and analyzed to determine if they carry pathogenicity islands or novel enzymes that could be utilized apart from phage activity. Novel phages that meet certain progression criteria will then be tested for basic immunogenicity, prophylactic, and therapeutic effects in mouse models at the Walter Reed Army Institute of Research (WRAIR). The prospective researcher should have experience with PCR, genome sequencing, sequence analysis, bacterial culture, molecular pathogenesis, data collection and analysis, and report writing. The post-doc will train, mentor, and work closely with West Point cadets.
Bacteriophage; Bio-threat; Multidrug Resistant Bacteria; Therapeutic; Remediation
Open to U.S. citizens
Open to Postdoctoral applicants