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Perivascular Cells in the Metastatic Microenvironment

National Cancer Institute, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Positions are available to study the role of stromal cells, including pericytes, vascular smooth muscle cells, mesenchymal stem cells, and fibroblasts, in pre-metastatic niche formation and metastatic progression in the laboratory of Meera Murgai, Laboratory of Cancer Biology and Genetics, National Cancer Institute, National Institutes of Health, Bethesda, Maryland.

The postdoctoral fellow will focus on interrogating the role stromal cell heterogeneity and plasticity in the metastatic microenvironment, following up on work published in our Nature Medicine 2017 article. The post-doctoral fellow will be trained in techniques related to cancer biology, vascular biology and computational analysis of large gene expression datasets to further our understanding of the metastatic microenvironment in experimental models and patient data.

Successful candidates will be hired through the Cancer Research Training Award mechanism at the NIH (, which offers a competitive salary and generous benefits package. This position is subject to a background investigation.


PhD in Cancer Biology, Vascular Biology, or related field is required. Alternatively, a PhD in Computational Biology with a background/interest in Cancer Biology and methods related to metastasis will be considered. Cross-training between bench science and computational science will be available.

To Apply:

Candidates should send a cover letter, current CV, and names of three references to: Meera Murgai, Positions are available starting in October 2019 and will remain open until filled.

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