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Postdoctoral Position in Recombination of Plant R Gene Clusters

John Jelesko jelesko at vt.edu
Fri Dec 13 04:10:22 EST 2002

Postdoctoral Position:

Meiotic Recombination in Plant Resistance Gene Clusters

Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA

A NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available to study the impact of
meiotic recombination on the structure and function of pathogen resistance
gene clusters in plants.  This is a collaborative project between Dr. John
McDowell and Dr. John Jelesko (Jelesko et al., PNAS 96 10302-7, McDowell et
al., The Plant Cell 10, 1861-1874).  The project is based on a high
throughput genetic screen, to identify rare recombination events within gene
clusters that provide resistance to the downy mildew pathogen Peronospora
parasitica.  We will address a wide variety of outstanding questions
regarding the frequency and character of meiotic recombination within R gene
clusters, as well as the functional consequences of the resulting chimeric R
genes.  This project is suitable for those with interests in plant molecular
biology, meiotic recombination, molecular plant pathology, and/or molecular
evolution.  We are looking for a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. in
molecular biology, genetics, or a related field.  Interested individuals
should contact either John McDowell (johnmcd at vt.edu) or John Jelesko
(jelesko at vt.edu).

Virginia Tech has an active plant biotechnology community and is expanding
in the areas of molecular plant pathology and bioinformatics.  Our labs are
housed in the recently constructed Fralin Biotechnology Center
(www.biotech.vt.edu).  Virginia Tech is located in a relaxed, attractive
mountain community, which contains all of the standard college town
amenities as well as easy access to exceptional outdoor recreation
opportunities (www.bev.net).  Virginia Tech is committed to equal
opportunity employment, and we particularly encourage applications from
underrepresented groups.

John G. Jelesko
Assistant Professor
Plant Pathology, Physiology, and Weed Science
Fralin Biotechnology Center, Virginia Tech
Blacksburg, VA  24061-0346
Phone: +1-540-231-3728    Fax:+1-540-231-7126
Email:  jelesko at vt.edu
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