WMU Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine

Research Laboratory Technician

Job Locations US-MI-Kalamazoo
Posted Date 2 weeks ago(11/22/2020 3:38 PM)
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12.25 - 14.30


We are seeking highly-motivated candidates to join Dr. Yu Zhang’s lab at Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine.


Dr. Yu Zhang is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Investigative Medicine. She received her Ph.D. from Georgia Institute of Technology and her M.D. from Capital Medical University (China). She received her postdoctoral training with Dr. Frederick Alt at Harvard Medical School.


The focus of the Zhang lab is to identify mechanisms that promote antibody diversification and suppress associated oncogenic lesions in B lymphocytes. The numerous antibodies in our body are generated through a process called antibody diversification and play a pivotal role in protecting us from infectious diseases and cancer. Conversely, abnormal antibody diversification underlies diseases ranging from immunodeficiency to autoimmunity and contributes to oncogenic translocations in various leukemias and lymphomas. Therefore, understanding antibody diversification can provide fundamental mechanistic insights for these diseases and fulfill the knowledge gap that is critical for therapeutic target design for lymphoid cancers. The Zhang lab will address key questions of mechanisms of both the protective and pathogenic effect of antibody diversification employing various state of art approaches, including CRIPSR/Cas9 mediated genome manipulation and various next generation sequencing techniques.


  • Order and maintain lab reagents.
  • Highly involved in research projects that include but are not limited to: learn new research techniques, perform experiments under guidance, oral and written presentation of research progress.


Highly motivated and responsible candidates are encouraged to apply. Applicants should have a Bachelor’s or Master’s degree in a relevant biological science field such as Biology, Bioengineering and Biochemistry. Previous experience in a relevant research laboratory will be valued but not required. Successful applicants are expected to be well-organized, highly collaborative and quick in learning new laboratory techniques.


Interested and qualified applicants should apply online at https://careers-wmich.icims.com/jobs/1607/research-laboratory-technician/job and/or by sending his/her CV directly to Dr. Zhang at yu.zhang@med.wmich.edu. All other open positions are located on our main website at www.med.wmich.edu.

About Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine


As one of the newer US medical schools, WMed is an exciting environment to pursue an academic career. The medical school is a collaboration of Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo's two teaching hospitals, Ascension Borgess Health and Bronson Healthcare. The medical school is a private 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation supported by private gifts, clinical revenues, research activities, tuition, and endowment income. WMed is fully accredited by the Liaison Committee on Medical Education (LCME) and also by the Higher Learning Commission (HLC). The inaugural medical student class graduated in 2018 after completing an innovative, patient-centered four-year curriculum that prepares them to be exceptional clinicians, leaders, educators, advocates, and researchers of tomorrow. There are more than 200 residents and fellows in ten residencies and three fellowships accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). WMed has Joint Accreditation for interprofessional continuing education, which incorporates accreditation by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education (ACCME). The School of Medicine Clinics are housed in a modern 60,000 square foot clinical building on the Oakland Drive Campus and are accredited by The Joint Commission with recognition by the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA) as a Patient-Centered Medical Home. The 350,000 square foot educational building on the W.E. Upjohn M.D. Campus located in downtown Kalamazoo underwent a $78 million renovation and expansion project including two laboratory research floors and a state-of-the-art Simulation Center that is accredited by the Society for Simulation in Healthcare. The Innovation Center on the Parkview Campus is a life science, technology, and engineering incubator serving the earliest startups to maturing companies with laboratory, office and conference space, access to core scientific equipment and expertise, and a wide range of support services.


Kalamazoo is a wonderful and vibrant city, located midway between Chicago and Detroit. It is a short distance from Lake Michigan, and home to two nationally ranked institutions of higher learning, Western Michigan University and Kalamazoo College. Kalamazoo is known for its community focus and emphasis on access to quality education at all levels. The Kalamazoo Promise is a nationally renowned program in which graduates of Kalamazoo Public Schools receive free tuition to attend public and private colleges in Michigan. Kalamazoo and Michigan provide extensive entertainment and recreational activities, including opportunities to enjoy the outdoors, unique restaurants and shops, and a strong culture supporting the arts.


Western Michigan University Homer Stryker M.D. School of Medicine is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer of females, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and protected veterans, and actively strives to increase diversity within its community. We provide a drug- and tobacco-free workplace.


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