The Department of Pediatrics is seeking a Research Coordinator to join our team in a full time position. Columbia University Medical Center's Department of Pediatrics is a world leader in providing care for children. Our mission areas include Healthcare, Education and Research. We offer care for our patients in over 25 specialty areas as well as individualized care for complex cases. Our Residency, Fellowship and Graduate programs are among the best in the Nation. Our Clinical, Translational and Basic Science research features collaborations across specialties and stretches from the bench to bedside. We also have several active Clinical trials available to our patients. This position will support the department by providing lab support to Dr. Anne Gershon in our Pediatric division of Infectious Diseases.
Responsible for propagating varicella zoster virus (VZV) in cell cultures as well as maintaining these cultures and examining them microscopically for the presence of virus.
Obtain blood from guinea pigs, isolate the peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC), and infect them with VZV.
Administers immunosuppressive medication to the animals and assist in their medical follow up, including keeping records.
Molecular techniques (PCR and sequencing of identified VZVs) will be carried out to determine whether a given VZV submitted to laboratory is the natural virus (wild type) or the vaccine type virus (OKA).
Submit results to Merck and eventually report to the FDA, and concern the safety of VZV vaccines that were administered to people.
Perform various microscopic techniques involving immunofluorescence.
Any other related duties as assigned.
Requires a bachelor's degree or equivalent in education and experience, plus three years of related experience.
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Must have strong organizational skills
Work with Infectious Agents and Chemicals
Sponsored Research Project
Equal Opportunity Employer / Disability / Veteran
Columbia University is committed to the hiring of qualified local residents.
Internal Number: 506189
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