Path 1 Kawader: Protein Biochemist

Updated: about 2 months ago


Posted: 30-Mar-24

Location: Abu Dhabi

Salary: Open



Internal Number: 58009

RESEARCH PROJECT TITLE: Bioluminescence and the Determination of the Color Emission Mechanism


RESEARCH PROJECT DESCRIPTION Bioluminescence is found in various living organisms including bacteria, fireflies, beetles, marine organisms, and others. Luminous organisms produce light from an enzymatic reaction that involves the enzyme luciferase and its substrates luciferin and ATP in their ground state to produce a high-energy product in excited state that decays back to the ground state and release energy as a photon of visible light. Luciferase assays are used in biological and medical research, which currently represents the main analytical platform in the in vivo imaging, cell proliferation, and protein folding and secretion. Investigating the kinetic and emission color mechanisms of the luciferase reaction will improve and diverse some of the existing assays and develop new applications. In this project, we would like to study the structural and mechanistic properties of two different enzymes that produce red and green luminescence. The substrates of the two enzymes are identical, however, different luminescence color is produced as a result of different enzymes' structures. To characterize the color difference between the two enzymes, we will express and purify the protein in bacterial expression system. The protein will be characterized using different spectral techniques, X-ray crystallography, and enzyme kinetics.


  • Molecular Biology: DNA cloning and manipulation.

  • Express and purify proteins using E.coli expression system.

  • Protein X-ray crystallography and three-dimensional structural determination.

  • Enzyme kinetics

    ESSENTIAL QUALIFICATIONS: Biology or Chemistry degree

    PREFERRED EXPERIENCE / SKILLS: Prior experience in wet lab with good technical and safety skills.

    1. Statement of interest in the position

    2. Transcript of degree(s)

    3. CV

    4. Two letters of recommendation


    UAE nationals are encouraged to apply

    This position is under the NYUAD Kawader program, for details regarding the program, open dates, specific program requirements, and FAQ's please refer to our NYUAD Kawader webpage:

    For further information or questions regarding the position/program please contact [email protected] (due to the high volume of emails received, please allow 5 working days for a response)

    For people in the EU, click here for information on your privacy rights under GDPR:

    NYU is an equal opportunity employer committed to equity, diversity, and social inclusion.

    Create a Job Alert for Similar Jobs
    About New York University
    Founded in 1831, New York University is now one of the largest private universities in the United States. Of the more than 3,000 colleges and universities in America, New York University is one of only 60 member institutions of the distinguished Association of American Universities.
    Connections working at New York University
    More Jobs from This Employer
    Return to Search Results

  • Similar Positions