Michigan State University
East Lansing, MI, USA
Applications Reviews Starting
January 3, 2023
We seek to recruit a highly motivated and skilled researcher with training in molecular biology, plant genetics, or bioengineering. WALII aims to understand how life continues without water (anhydrobiosis) from the molecular to the organismal levels. The project will leverage recent advances in microscopy, genetics, and physiology to investigate dehydration and desiccation tolerance in Arabidopsis (Theme 2). Successful candidates will investigate how molecules, proteins, and pathways regulate dehydration and rehydration in developing and germinating seeds using an interdisciplinary lens, ranging from biophysics to cell biology and organismal development. The selected candidate will work out of the Rhee Lab at Michigan State University.
About the Water and Life Interface Institute (WALII, pronounced “Wally”): WALII studies how life interacts with water, from the molecular to the organismal level, across plants, fungi, and animals. WALII is a virtual institute, with scientists located at nine research facilities across the United States. Working together, WALII team members aim to uncover the rules by which organisms interact with water, exploring four integrated themes: 1) the physical and molecular determinants that allow organisms to survive in the solid state; 2) rehydration responses in desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems; 3) the molecular grammar of desiccation tolerance conferred by intrinsically disordered proteins; and 4) the short- and long-term evolutionary history of desiccation tolerance. WALII team members have diverse expertise, ranging from biophysics to plant biology, and experience with several desiccation-tolerant and -sensitive systems.