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Cedars-Sinai Research Associate I - Wang Lab - Regenerative Medicine Institute in Los Angeles, California

Join Dr. Shaomei Wang and their research group as a Research Associate I in the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute!

The Wang Laboratory at the Cedars-Sinai Regenerative Medicine Institute is looking for personnel to join our dynamic group. The primary goal of our lab is to understand and develop treatments for degenerative retinal diseases. Ray Lund, PhD, a pioneer in the field, started using cell-based therapy for retinal degeneration over two decade ago; our current program expands our research to study optic nerve neuropathy and Alzheimer’s disease as well. We have been using stem cell therapy to slow down the progression of retinal degeneration and limit the development of the secondary vascular pathology. Our preclinical studies have led to three clinical trials using stem cells to treat macular degeneration. To learn more, please visit: S. Wang Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

Are you ready to be a part of breakthrough research?

The incumbent should have an interest in the basic science of stem cells and eye biology. The Research Associate I will, under the direction of the PI, lab manager and project scientist, will assist in the conduct of research in retinitis pigmentosa.

Working under direct supervision, the Research Associate I performs a variety of routine experimental protocols and procedures to support the objectives of one or more laboratory research projects in a specific area of research. Assists in general laboratory activities, including maintenance of reagents and stocking of supplies. Files and monitors documents. The RA I will be able to perform routine cellular, micro-and molecular biology procedures including, but not limited to Western, Northern blot, DNA/RNA, PCR, protein extraction, cell culture, Immunohistochemistry, and staining. This position does not have supervisory responsibilities.

Primary Job Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Keeps accurate and detailed project records of experiments and results.

  • May assist with animal husbandry, surgical procedure, tissue dissections and general animal care.

  • Maintains lab equipment and related records.

  • Transports, processes and logs samples.

  • Maintains computer database with relevant clinical information.

  • Performs lab maintenance duties, including glassware cleaning and sterilization.

  • Maintains stocks of general lab materials, and places orders for lab equipment and supplies.

  • Assists new students and fellows at the laboratory.

  • Assists in the operation of specialized equipment and machinery.

  • Observes and complies with safety standards and procedures.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor of Science or Bachelor of Arts degree in biological science required.

Experience and Skillset:

  • Understanding of general research objectives. At least one year of laboratory experience is preferred, including animal (rodent/pig) and histology work.

  • Knowledge of routine laboratory procedures, experimental protocols, and overall lab organization.

  • Working knowledge of database management, personal computers, and presentation and imaging software.

  • Familiar with routine laboratory procedures and experimental protocols.

  • Must possess computer skills to include, but not limited to, Excel and Word.

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