The Ramamurthi lab in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology in the National Cancer Institute studies cell growth, differentiation, and division in bacterial model systems (mainly Bacillus subtilis and the human pathogen Staphylococcus aureus). The lab uses a variety of approaches, including classical genetics and biochemistry, epifluorescence and super-resolution microscopy, biophysical assays, and computational strategies to understand how proteins localize and assemble within a cell. Several projects are currently available, and we are always open to new ideas.
Please see our website for more information on our research: https://ccr.cancer.gov/Laboratory-of-Molecular-Biology/kumaran-s-ramamurthi . Keywords: microbiology, bacteriology, bacteria, cell biology, cytoskeleton, pathogenesis.
Applicants may send their CV directly to Kumaran Ramamurthi ([email protected] ), along with the names of three references (letters are not required at this time) and expected date of graduation.
Representative recent publications:
A 2-dimensional ratchet model describes assembly initiation of a specialized bacterial cell surface.
Proc Natl Acad Sci U S A. 116: 21789-21799, 2019.
An essential Staphylococcus aureus cell division protein directly regulates FtsZ dynamics.
eLife. e38856, 2018.
Dash-and-Recruit Mechanism Drives Membrane Curvature Recognition by the Small Bacterial Protein SpoVM.
Cell Systems. 5: 518-526 , 2017.
A Quality-Control Mechanism Removes Unfit Cells from a Population of Sporulating Bacteria.
Developmental Cell. 34: 682-693, 2015.
This position is subject to a background investigation. The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.
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