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We are seeking a highly motivated candidate to join our team as a Lead Research Specialist in Dr. Maier's laboratory, within the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Center for Transfusion and Cellular Therapies. The Maier lab is focused on the intersection of immunology with hemostasis, whether that be mitigating alloresponses to transfused blood products or understanding thrombosis in diseases like COVID-19.
Dr. Maier’s research focuses on the intersection of immunology with hemostasis. Specifically, trying to understand why some patients develop a condition called platelet refractoriness (PR), rapidly clearing transfused donor platelets and preventing the desired therapeutic outcome. Oftentimes this is the result of antibody-mediated platelet clearance; however, Dr. Maier has been studying an antibody-independent mechanism of clearance mediated by CD8 T cells. Understanding the interactions between recipient CD8 T cells and transfused donor platelets may reveal new therapeutic strategies to inhibit platelet loss in patients requiring transfusion. In addition, amid the COVID-19 pandemic, Dr. Maier has been studying coagulopathy in patients with SARS-CoV-2 infection. Patients with COVID-19 have an increased risk of clotting, which may be related to blood hyperviscosity (stickiness) and hyperfibrinogenemia. Dr. Maier is currently investigating the mechanisms of COVID-19 hypercoagulability and novel treatment strategies, and is leading a randomized controlled trial on the role of therapeutic plasma exchange in COVID-19 disease management.
The ideal candidate will not shy away from helping to build a brand new lab, nor the opportunity for truly translational work with the potential to impact patients in real-time. Prior experience with cellular and molecular techniques, especially flow cytometry, and/or mouse-work would be helpful but is not required.
NOTE: Position tasks are generally required to be performed in-person at an Emory University location. Remote work from home day options may be granted at department discretion. Emory reserves the right to change remote work status with notice to employee.
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