Postdoctoral Position / Virus-Host Cell Interaction
University of Geneva Medical School
Department of Microbiology & Molecular Medicine
|Workplace||Geneva, Lake Geneva region, Switzerland|
|Duration||12 months with possible extension of up to 3 years|
|Start||as soon as possible|
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral position to work on a newly discovered cellular antiviral defense mechanism. By studying the regulatory HBx protein of hepatitis B virus, we found that the Smc5/6 complex, which has important roles in chromosome maintenance, also functions as a host restriction factor against hepatitis B and possibly other pathogenic viruses. It binds to the hepatitis B virus circular DNA genome and more generally to any episomal DNA to block transcription and, thus, viral infection. Hepatitis B virus counters this host defense by encoding the HBx protein that targets the Smc5/6 complex for destruction. We now wish to explore how the Smc5/6 complex detects and binds selectively to episomal DNA templates and not to chromosomal DNA and how, once bound, it silences transcription.
Applications, including CV and contact details of two referees should be sent by email to:
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and reference JobID 394.
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