Karsten Gronert, Professor

Open (1) Role of lipid mediators in ocular innate and adaptive immune responses and neurodegeneration

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 18th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30th at 9 AM.

My research team is part of a handful of laboratories around the world that is focused on elucidating the role and molecular mechanisms of protective lipid mediator programs that are essential for regulating and orchestrating routine and healthy immune responses and neuroprotection. Research in our lab uses in vitro and mouse models to discover and define protective pathways and therapeutic targets in ocular immune diseases and glaucoma.


Assist, learn and eventually carry out independently procedures such as RNA extraction, PCR, immunohistochemistry, cell culture, tissue sectioning, microscopy-image analysis, animal procedures, genotyping, data analysis.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Shubham Maurya or Shruthi Karnam, Post-Doc

Qualifications: Highly motivated, detailed oriented, ability to learn and execute complex procedures, work in a large team. Research experience is a plus but not required. Able to dedicate large time blocks (4 hrs or more/day) to research activities in the lab.

Weekly Hours: 12 or more hours

Related website: http://vision.berkeley.edu

Open (2) Mass Spectrometry-based lipidomic analysis

Open. Apprentices needed for the fall semester. Enter your application on the web beginning August 18th. The deadline to apply is Monday, August 30th at 9 AM.

Assist in the preparation of biological samples, carry out solid phase extractions for isolation of bioactive lipids. Learn, assist and eventually run an HPLC-mass spectrometry system. The position requires a high degree of motivation and organizational skill as well as the ability to operate complex and state-of-the-art equipment and to learn complex software. To learn and run the LC/MS/MS system requires that the student is available more than 12 hrs/week and a commitment for at least 3 Semesters.

Day-to-day supervisor for this project: Shubham Maurya or Shruthi Karnam, Post-Doc

Qualifications: Highly motivated, responsible, mature and independent student with a long term commitment to the field of biochemistry, chemistry or molecular pharmacology.

Weekly Hours: 12 or more hours

Related website: http://vision.berkeley.edu