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Postdoctoral researcher – Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium

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Job description
The laboratory of Translational Cardiomiology at the University of Leuven, a part of the Stamcelinstituut, Faculty of Medicine, has a postdoctoral position available for research in stem cell biology and muscle differentiation under the direction of Prof. Maurilio Sampaolesi.

The project aims to improve the knowledge on the molecular mechanisms of cardiac and skeletal muscle differentiation and on stem cell biology, genomics and proteomics applied to both normal and pathological muscle generation. Currently we are interested in stem cell therapy for muscular dystrophies and cardiomyopathy related to some of those. Primary cultures and mesoangioblast stem cell lines established from muscle biopsies and dorsal aorta and at different post-natal ages of the animal disease models, including mice, rat and dog are available. Established cell bank of several human mesoangioblast clones are also available. Moreover, we generated recently transgenic mice developing muscle hypertrophy, which could be used for further investigations.

The laboratory of Translational Cardiomiology offers a stimulating international environment as well as state-of-the-art research facilities.

Highly motivated individuals with a strong background in biology, biochemistry and good level of spoken and written English are encouraged to apply.
The applicant will be assisting in the supervision of PhD students.

-Cassano M, Biressi S, Finan A, Benedetti L, Omes C, Boratto R, Martin F, Allegretti M, Broccoli V, Cusella De Angelis G, Comoglio P, Michieli P, Cossu G and Sampaolesi M. Magic-F1, a dimerized c-met binding domain, induces muscle hypertrophy by protecting myogenic progenitors from apoptosis. PLOS ONE 2008 16; 3(9): e3223

-Sampaolesi M, Blot S, Bottinelli R, and Cossu G. Brief Communication Arising in Replying to Bretag AH, Nature 2007 Dec; 450: E23-25

-Tonlorenzi R, Dellavalle A, Schnapp E, Cossu G, and Sampaolesi M. Isolation and Characterization of Mesoangioblasts from Mouse, Dog, and Human Tissues. Current Protocols in Stem Cell Biology 2007, 2B.1.1-2B.1.29 Published on line September 2007 in Wiley Interscience DOI:10.1002/9780470151808.sc02b01s2

-Dellavalle A #, Sampaolesi M # , Tonlorenzi R, et al. Pericytes of human post-natal skeletal muscle are committed myogenic progenitors, distinct from satellite cells, and efficiently repair dystrophic muscle. Nat Cell Biol., 2007 9(3): 255-267
# = equal contributors

-Sampaolesi M, Blot S, D'Antona G, Granger N, Tonlorenzi R, Innocenzi A, Mognol P, Thibaud JL, Galvez BG, Barthélémy I, Perani L, Mantero S, Guttinger M, Pansarasa O, Rinaldi C, Cusella De Angelis MG, Torrente Y, Bordignon C, Bottinelli R, Cossu G. Mesoangioblast stem cells ameliorate muscle function in dystrophic dogs. Nature, 2006, 444(7119): 574-9

-Sampaolesi M, Torrente Y, Innocenzi A, Tonlorenzi R, D'Antona G, Pellegrino MA, Barresi R, Bresolin N, De Angelis MG, Campbell KP, Bottinelli R, Cossu G. Cell therapy of alpha sarcoglycan null dystrophic mice through intra-arterial delivery of mesoangioblasts. Science, 2003, 301(5632): 487-92.

Submit application with CV, motivation letter, list of publications and three possible references to:
Christina Vochten – christina.vochten@med.kuleuven.be

Posted by Christina Vochten (christina.vochten@med.kuleuven.be)

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