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Postdoctoral Positions, Cancer Biology

The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center, Houston, Texas

Position Description:

Postdoctoral Fellow positions are available in Dr. Li Ma’s laboratory at MD Anderson Cancer Center ( Since its founding in 2010, the Ma Lab has played a major role in establishing models of microRNA-mediated regulation of metastasis, epithelial-mesenchymal transition, and therapy resistance (Nature Medicine 2012, PLoS Genetics 2014, Nature Communications 2014, Cancer Research 2016, etc), and in rectifying models of long non-coding RNA (lncRNA) regulation of metastasis (Nature Genetics 2018 – a paradigm-shifting study that establishes the framework for rigorous characterization of lncRNAs). In addition to RNA-related research, the Ma Lab also discovered the deubiquitinases for key cancer proteins; some of these deubiquitinases are promising anti-tumor and anti-metastatic targets (Nature Cell Biology 2013, Nature Cell Biology 2014, Cell Reports 2018, Nature Communications 2018, etc). Our work has been confirmed and cited by many groups (Dr. Ma’s Google Scholar citations: >10,000 as of 2019). Multiple former postdocs from this lab have landed independent faculty positions.

The overarching goal of the Ma Lab is to understand the molecular mechanisms of tumor progression and metastasis, and to advance anti-metastatic therapy through ground-breaking research in RNA biology and tumor cell signaling. Specifically, Dr. Ma’s team is: (1) establishing new paradigms for RNA functions and mechanisms (non-coding RNAs, RNA epigenetics, and RNA-binding proteins) in tumor progression and metastasis; (2) screening for deubiquitinating enzymes that promote tumorigenesis, metastasis, and therapy resistance; (3) investigating novel regulators and regulations of tumor radioresistance and drug resistance; and (4) studying the role of specific developmental regulators in cancer, metabolism, and regeneration by using genetically engineered mouse models generated in Dr. Ma’s lab.


We consider highly motivated and creative candidates with a recently obtained Ph.D. degree and strong first-author publications.

To Apply:

For those interested, please send a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a research statement (

Li Ma, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center
Experimental Radiation Oncology – Unit 1052
Houston, TX 77030-4009

MD Anderson is the number one cancer center in cancer care in the United States by the U.S. News and World Report’s “America’s Best Hospitals” survey. It ranks 1st in the number of awarded grants from National Cancer Institute. It offers active graduate and postdoctoral training programs and the unmatched scientific environment of the Texas Medical Center, the world’s largest biomedical center. MD Anderson is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. Houston is the 4th largest city in the United States with relatively low living cost and no state or city income tax.