Postdoc position at Drexel University

Announcing the availability of a postdoctoral position at Drexel University College of Medicine

Candidates will join the research laboratory of Dr. Peter Gaskill, who studies the impact of monoamine neurotransmitters on neuroimmunity. The specific focus of Dr. Gaskill’s research is on the effects of dopamine on HIV neuropathogenesis, and on the effects of dopamine on macrophage immune function. Research involves the use of various microscopic, molecular, and virologic assays to examine the specific effects of dopamine on the HIV entry process in macrophages. Additional experiments will involve the development of new assays to examine additional effects of dopamine on macrophage immune functions. Although all experiments will be performed in consultation and collaboration with Dr. Gaskill, candidates will also develop and run their own projects as they become more experienced and develop a better understanding of the research. Dr. Gaskill’s studies draw on research from a number of different disciplines, so candidates should have experience in either human immunology, virology, or pharmacology, and a strong desire to learn about the areas in which they are not experienced. Candidates should also have expertise in cell and molecular biological techniques, and the ability to collect, analyze, and communicate data.

Functions will include, but will not be limited to:

  • Running experiments and developing, adapting, and implementing novel research techniques examining the impact of dopamine on HIV entry. These experiments will involve the isolation and culture of primary human macrophages and T-cells, and the infection of these cells with different types of HIV.
  • Prepare different types of viral stocks, including full length, pseudotyped, and chimeric HIV.
  • Attend and present data at seminars, journal clubs, and domestic / international meetings.
  • Assist in preparation of grant proposals.
  • Prepare publications, abstracts, and oral / poster presentations.
  • Be a good lab citizen (help maintain equipment, assist other lab members, help to maintain a positive, friendly, and welcoming atmosphere),


Minimum requirements for the position include:

  • Completion or very near completion of Ph.D. with specialty in human immunology, virology, or pharmacology.
  • Willingness and ability to work with live HIV and human blood products under BSL 2+ conditions.
  • Ability to perform basic cell and molecular biology techniques such as cell culture, ELISA, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence microscopy, or qRT-PCR.
  • Strong desire to learn about / study neuroimmunology and HIV neuropathogenesis.
  • Strong, proactive work ethic and friendly, cooperative demeanor.
  • Superior problem solving skills.


Starting salary will be approximately $43,000 per year, and includes benefits.

For more information, contact Dr. Peter Gaskill at