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Mason Laboratory

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Overview

The Mason Laboratory at Utah State University, School of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Animal, Dairy, and Veterinary Sciences is seeking an outstanding Graduate Student to join our laboratory. This position is jointly supported by the NIH/NIA, the USU School of Veterinary Medicine and the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences. 

Research in the Mason lab is broadly focused on elucidating the mechanisms of menopause-associated, ovarian-dependent increase in disease rates. Work in this lab focuses on the surgical and molecular manipulation of ovarian function in mice to discover the mechanisms underlying the negative physiological consequences of female reproductive senescence. We have previously extended life and health span with our ovarian manipulations. The goal of the current work is to understand the physical and genetic mechanisms that provide the health-protective effects of the ovaries and harness these mechanisms to restore health in post-reproductive females.

The ideal candidate will be highly motivated and creative with an interest in reproductive biology and/or aging biology. The successful candidate should have a background in biology, animal science, biomedical science or related field and must meet the admission requirements for graduate students set by Utah State University Graduate Studies (https://gradschool.usu.edu/) and the Department of Animal, Dairy and Veterinary Sciences graduate program (https://advs.usu.edu/students/degrees). Applicant experience in rodent handling and histology/pathological analysis are desired, but not required. Preference will be given to candidates that also have some molecular experience (DNA/RNA/protein extraction and analysis) or experience with histology and/or genetic manipulation. 

Utah State University is located in Logan, Utah and lies in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. Students have access to thousands of acres of public land for backcountry skiing, hiking and fishing. Ten major ski resorts and six national parks, including Yellowstone lie within a short drive of campus.

Contact Information

For more information about the lab, please visit the lab website at https://advs.usu.edu/masonlab/ and the ADVS graduate website information can be found at https://advs.usu.edu/students/apply.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter that includes current research interests, CV, and names and contact information of three references, to Dr. Jeffrey Mason (jeff.mason@usu.edu).