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Research Associate
Job Number: 2022-40311
Category: Research
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Chan Medical School
Department: School - Molecular Cell & Cancer Biology - W495000
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 40
Union Code: Non Union Position -W60- Non Unit Professional
Num. Openings: 1
Post Date: Aug. 1, 2022


Castilla Lab. Our laboratory studies the formation of blood cancers, such as leukemias, and how to use these discoveries to design novel therapies.  We combine genomic, pharmacology and functional approaches in animal models and patient samples to define key cellular pathways that govern leukemia stem cell survival a drug resistance. We have used a variety of molecular techniques, including CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, RNA-sequencing and single cell RNA sequencing, ChIP-seq, CUT&RUN, 5C, and ATAC-seq, to define key drivers of cancer progression. For example, we have used these techniques to demonstrate that expression of the MYC master oncogene can be regulated by the leukemia oncoprotein CBFb-SMMHC by coopting regulation of the myeloid MYC distal enhancer in blood stem cells. To translate these findings to novel therapies, we have characterized  candidate targeted therapies for CBFb-SMMHC leukemia, some of which are in preclinical studies. We continue collaborating with a multidisciplinary research group to improve the “druggability” of these inhibitors in animal models and cells, and bring the new drugs to the clinic. We are looking for motivated and dependable candidates with background in biology and chemistry fields who can learn new protocols and work with our team to discover new cancer pathways and develop new targeted therapies to treat or prevent cancer.  


  • Conducts in-depth analysis of research experiments
  • Performs complex laboratory experiments
  • Interprets data, forms conclusion, and decides on and plans next experiments to be done with a high degree of independence
  • Compiles and analyzes data and performs computations using image analysis software, spreadsheets, graphing, and curve fitting software
  • May modify protocols and be responsible for a single, independent research project
  • Assists in writing the text of scientific publications and grants. Reviews literature
  • Trains new laboratory personnel, students, and collaborators
  • Maintains laboratory supplies and equipment
  • Complies with all safety and infection control standards
  • Perform other duties as required.


  • Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences, or equivalent experience
  • Knowledge of Microsoft Office products
  • Strong ability to analyze complex visual data in a quantitative and objective manner
  • Judgment and action skills required to solve commonly encountered problems


Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, or designee



May functionally supervise Lab Technicians and Aides


Wet chemistry laboratory, and may require appropriate contact with biohazards, radionuclides, toxins, animals, and human specimens. 

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