Research Opportunities

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Multiple training positions in diabetes and metabolism research are available in our lab for highly motivated trainees.

Our research focus

We use genetic mouse models to investigate the pathogenic mechanisms of pancreatic beta-cell physiology and pathophysiology.

Specifically, our group is working to understand how maternal diet during pregnancy alters the offspring's beta-cell development and function. We are also interested in understanding why these beta-cells are more prone to fail in various diabetogenic conditions.

To identify the mechanistic link between prenatal diet and sensitivity to cellular stress dysregulation, we are focusing in on the roles of O-GlcNAc transferase (OGT), a nutrient-sensing protein and a key regulator of cellular stress responses using genetic mouse models and in vitro cell culture cell lines.

Post-doctoral fellowship position requirement

PhD in Physiology or one of the biomedical sciences is required.

Candidates must be highly motivated, productive and dedicated to a research career. This position is also ideal for a recent PhD graduate who wants to learn new research methods and embark on a successful academic career. Candidates with a strong background in electrophysiology and molecular biology with experience in pancreatic islet beta-cell or familiarity with animal models of diabetes/obesity are encouraged to apply.

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PhD students, MD students, Endocrinology Fellows, and undergraduates interested in pursuing research in the Alejandro lab should contact Dr. Alejandro directly at ealejand@umn.edu

Application documents:

  • CV
  • cover letter including career goal and research summary
  • names of 2-3 references