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Job Description

The Cancer Biology department has a long history of being a leader in the field of translational cancer biology research. The department has emphasized the training of students, postdoctoral fellows and clinical fellows in the fundamentals of tumor biology to improve the outcomes of patients with malignancies. The department has built a program with close ties to many clinical departments to facilitate information exchange between the laboratory and the clinic. As such, faculty in the department are investigators on NIH funded collaborative cancer biology research grants ["Specialized Programs of Research Excellence" (SPOREs)], including the following organ/disease sites (Pancreas, Bladder, CNS, Prostate, Melanoma and Lung). In addition, there are several physician-scientists who have joint appointments in Cancer Biology, facilitating the exchange of clinically relevant information between the laboratory and the clinic.

The Research Assistant II provides technical and coordination skills in carrying out various research projects.


Prepares Tissues

Prepares frozen and fixed tissue sections for histological and immunostaining analysis of mouse and human tumor xenografts. Performs double and triple immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry staining experiments, including optimization of new antibodies and other reagents.

Performs Techniques

Performs molecular citology techniques, such as in situ hybridization, X-gal staining, BrdU and EdU incorporation, and detection of hypoxia and cellular senescence.

Laboratory Studies

Performs laboratory studies using complex techniques including tissue culture (maintaining mammalian cells, growth assays, drug response assays), nucleic acid extraction, PCR, immunoblotting, immunocytochemistry and immunohistochemistry.

Laboratory Supplies

Orders and organizes supplies for the laboratory. Performs regular monitoring of safety standards in the laboratory, maintains records of hazardous materials.


Required: Bachelor's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.

Preferred: Master's degree with major course works in one of the basic sciences.


Required: Two years experience in scientific or experimental research work. No experience required with preferred degree.

It is the policy of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center to provide equal employment opportunity without regard to race, color, religion, age, national origin, sex, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or any other basis protected by institutional policy or by federal, state or local laws unless such distinction is required by law. http://www.mdanderson.org/about-us/legal-and-policy/legal-statements/eeo-affirmative-action.html

About University of Texas M.D. Anderson

The University of Texas M. D. Anderson Cancer Center once again is the top hospital in the nation for cancer care, according to the U.S. News & World Reports annual "America's Best Hospitals" survey. This is the fourth time in the past five years that M. D. Anderson has achieved the lead ranking. It has been ranked as one of the top two hospitals for cancer care for 19 years since the survey began. M. D. Anderson specialties earning national rankings also include ear, nose and throat (4); urology (9); and gynecology (16).

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