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Role of Macrophages in Tendon Disease and Wound Healing

University of Maryland-College Park, College Park, Maryland

Position Description:

The Kuo Lab at the University of Maryland-College Park (UMD) is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to lead an NIH-funded project focused on elucidating the role of tissue resident vs. monocyte-derived macrophages in the development and persistence of tendinopathy in a mouse model.
The lab aims to develop adult and fetal tendon therapeutics and regenerative medicine approaches based on mechanisms of embryonic development and scarless healing. Current projects in the lab span multiple research areas, including regenerative medicine, developmental biology, mechanobiology, stem cell biology, immunology, biomaterials, tissue engineering, and wound healing.
Compensation is based on NIH guidelines and includes a competitive benefits and retirement package offered by UMD. Postdoctoral researchers are eligible for renewable, annual contracts with the expectation of completing 2-5 years of training. Flexibility to pursue research in personal areas of interest, apply for grants and fellowships, and build scientific management expertise will be encouraged.
Candidates will have an opportunity to collaborate with bioengineers, biologists, and clinicians at UMD and other area institutions. UMD is near top government research and funding agencies (e.g. NIH, FDA, DoD, NSF, NIST) in the greater Washington DC region, providing unique opportunities for research, funding, and networking.


  • Candidates should be independently motivated, creative, have a desire to learn/develop new techniques and approaches, and have excellent written and oral communication skills.
  • Candidates should have a record of publications expected for her/his level of training.
  • Candidates should have experience with macrophages or other immune cells.
  • Experience with mice (highly desired, but not necessary if willing to learn).
Our team is collaborative, supportive, and diverse in our scientific and cultural perspectives.

To Apply:

To apply, please email Professor Catherine K. Kuo ( a single PDF file with: i) CV, ii) 2 first-author scientific articles, iii) list of references with contact information, and iv) cover letter describing career goals, expertise, research interests, expectations for the position, and preferred start date.
The subject line should state “Postdoctoral Application”. The position is available immediately, and applications will be accepted on an ongoing basis until the position is filled.