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The Kemp Lab

Redox Systems Biology at Georgia Tech

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Our lab is at the intersection of multiple disciplines, and we encourage the participation of individuals from a variety of educational backgrounds. Our group contains members trained in biomedical engineering, materials science, electrical engineering, nuclear engineering, chemistry and biochemistry, and biology.

Qualified candidates should contact Melissa Kemp about potential employment opportunities.

A full-time postdoc position is available immediately for a NIGMS funded multi-investigator, multi-year project to develop ultrabright and ultrasmall nanodots into in vivo fluorogenic biological labels (PI, Robert Dickson). These probes will be non-emissive until bound to target proteins and will be used for imaging of intracellular single molecule dynamics. This specific postdoc project will involve studying nucleocytoplasmic trafficking in response to oxidative stress using the nanodots under development. The researcher will be working directly with the labs of Melissa Kemp (Biomedical Engineering) and Dr. Christine Payne (Chemistry & Biochemistry) to generate genetically-encoded binding tags and perform live cell imaging.

We seek highly-motivated individuals interested in the development and application of novel molecular probes for single molecule imaging. Requirements include a Ph.D. in molecular or cell biology (or related field), excellent communication skills, and the ability to work effectively with team members in multiple disciplines. Salary will be commensurate with prior research experience and NIH guidelines.

Please submit via email a single PDF file containing a cover letter, CV, brief statement of research interests, and information for three references to Dr. Melissa Kemp: melissa.kemp at

Graduate Students
Graduate students who have been admitted to the BME, Bioengineering, or Bioinformatics graduate programs may contact Melissa Kemp about opportunities to rotate with or join the lab.

Undergraduate Research Assistants
Undergraduates interested in conducting research with the lab need to submit the following materials electronically to Dr. Kemp for consideration.

1) A resume, including work history and references
2) A copy of their academic transcripts (unofficial okay)
3) A brief statement about why they're interested in working in the lab

Only highly motivated and responsible students will be considered. Undergraduate researchers are expected to commit to a minimum of 2 semesters and 10-15 hours/week if they seriously want to conduct research in the lab. We are committed to providing undergraduate research opportunities, but unfortunately have limited positions available at any time.