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University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, NM, United States
30+ days ago
University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
30+ days ago


A new position is available for an experienced postdoctoral fellow in the Adams Lab ( in the Cancer Therapeutics Research Program at the University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center.

Dr. Adams is a gynecologic oncologist with a research focus in ovarian tumor immunology. Recent work in her lab identified therapeutic synergy with the combination of PARP inhibition and CTLA4 immune checkpoint blockade in preclinical models of ovarian cancer. This work was translated to two clinical trials (NCT02571725, NCG04034927) led by Dr. Adams. Correlative studies have identified candidate biomarkers of response based on gene expression profiling of archived tumor samples from subjects enrolled in these trials. A protein of interest has been identified which is associated with membrane dynamics, and experiments are planned to investigate a potential role for this protein in lymphocyte function and immune regulation. This work is supported by NCI and pharmaceutical funding and will be conducted in collaboration with Rita Serda, PhD.


Key Responsibilities: We are seeking an experienced postdoctoral fellow to develop and lead this project. The scope of work is expected to include analysis of patient samples as well as preclinical modeling in syngeneic and patient-derived xenograft cancer models. Experience with RNAseq, flow cytometry, fluorescence microscopy and imaging, and statistical methods is highly desirable. The postdoctoral fellow will also be responsible for data analysis and manuscript preparation and submission, as well as teaching and oversight of research technicians and students in the lab.

Qualifications: MD and/or Ph.D. in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology, Immunology, or a related field, ability to conduct independent research, and excellent written and verbal communication skills are required. Individuals with a strong background in cancer immunotherapy are encouraged to apply.  

To apply: please send a CV, including a list of three references to Jennifer A. Giannelli Travis ( Please note “Application for a postdoctoral fellowship – ADAMS LAB” in the subject line.

The University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center (UNMCCC) is the Official Cancer Center of New Mexico and the only National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center in a 500-mile radius. One of the premier cancer centers nationwide, the UNM CCC has more than 125 board-certified oncology physicians, forming New Mexico’s largest cancer care team. It treats about 60 percent of adults and virtually all children in New Mexico diagnosed with cancer in more than 135,000 clinic visits each year. Through its partnership with the New Mexico Cancer Care Alliance, an “exemplary national model for cancer health care delivery,” the UNM CCC offers access to more than 175 clinical trials to New Mexicans in every part of the state. Annual research funding of almost $60 million supports the UNM CCC’s 130 cancer scientists. Working with partners at Los Alamos and Sandia National Laboratories, Lovelace Respiratory Research Institute, and New Mexico State University, these investigators have developed new diagnostics and drugs for leukemia, breast cancer, ovarian cancer, prostate cancer, liver and pancreatic cancer, brain cancer, and melanoma. Learn more at

To protect and preserve the health, safety and welfare of the UNM community, the University of New Mexico will require that all faculty, staff and students accessing University facilities and programs be fully vaccinated for COVID-19 as soon as possible, but no later than September 30, 2021. This mandate requires all UNM faculty, staff and students who access campus facilities, housing, programs, services and activities in person to be fully vaccinated for COVID-19, subject to limited exemptions. (

Job Information

  • Job ID: 58745125
  • Location:
    Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
  • Position Title: Postdoctoral Fellow in Tumor Immunology
  • Company Name: University of New Mexico Comprehensive Cancer Center
  • Job Function: Post Doc Fellow
  • Job Type: Full-Time
  • Job Duration: Indefinite
  • Min Education: Ph.D.
  • Min Experience: None
  • Required Travel: None

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