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Infections as Triggers of Parkinson's disease (iPark) - Multiple Postdoc Positions
Van Andel Institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Date Posted February 20, 2019
Science-Cell Biology

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Postdoctoral Fellows, Bioinformatics Scientists, Computational Biologist, and Research Technicians in Parkinson's disease Research

Van Andel Research Institute (VARI), a leading independent biomedical research facility, is dedicated to determining the epigenetic, genetic, molecular and cellular origins of cancer, Parkinson’s and other diseases, and translating those findings into effective therapies. The Institute is home to more than 300 scientists and support staff that work in on-site laboratories and in collaborative partnerships that span the globe.

Recently VARI has been awarded funding to study infections as triggers of Parkinson’s disease (iPark), with the goals to identify bacterial and viral pathogens that can act as triggers of Parkinson’s disease (PD) and to characterize their mechanism of action.

Over the two-year funded period, a multidisciplinary team of VARI principal investigators will work towards identifying pathogens that are associated with increased PD risk, generate models of pathogen-induced experimental PD, identify the underlying molecular mechanisms, and action define environmental and genetic sensitizers that facilitate the actions of the pathogens.

The team has dedicated expertise in, e.g., PD pathogenesis, genetics, cell and animal models, epigenetics and neuroinflammation. Initially, iPark will be led by four principal investigators:

Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D. (alpha-synuclein and animal models of PD),

Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D. (clinical studies, biomarkers, neuroinflammation),

Viviane Labrie, Ph.D. (registry studies, bioinformatics, gut microbiome and epigenetics),

Andrew Pospisilik, Ph.D. (diet, metabolic factors, epigenetic regulation, microglia).

They are actively seeking to add talented staff to the project team to perform the proposed studies. To learn more about each role and to apply, click on the job positions below:

  • Bioinformaticians
    • Computational Biologist opening with Dr. Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Viviane Labrie, Ph.D.
  • Postdoctoral Researchers
    • Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Patrik Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Postdoctoral Fellow with Dr. Viviane Labrie, Ph.D.
  • Research Technicians
    • Research Technician with Dr. Lena Brundin, M.D., Ph.D.
    • Research Technician with Dr. Viviane Labrie, Ph.D.


These positions will be open until filled and will be reviewing applications on an ongoing basis. If you have any difficulty uploading your application or any questions, please email Eric Miller at

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