Our mission is to create and maintain an inclusive, open, productive, and collaborative environment to yield research that will benefit human health and further scientific knowledge.
To gain in-depth knowledge of mitochondrial organization and functions, we utilize multidisciplinary approaches including cell and molecular biology techniques, protein biochemistry, calcium flux analysis, cellular respiration measurements, omics-based approaches, live-cell imaging, mutant and transgenic mouse models, and in vivo physiological methods.
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Dhanendra Tomar, PhD
Ashlesha Kadam, PhD
Kannan BN, PhD
New member: Bhanuka Ariyawansa, from Middle College at the University of North Carolina-Greensboro, joined the lab as a “High-School Draelos Scholar” through the “Center for Precision Medicine Summer Intern Program.”
New member: Leilani Whyte, an undergrad from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, joined the lab through the “Excellence in Cardiovascular Sciences (EICS) Summer Programs.”
New member: Matt Walker, a rising senior at Wake Forest University, joined the lab through the “Center for Precision Medicine Summer Intern Program.”
Our exceptional Undergraduate Research Intern, Ivy Greene selected for the “Enhancing Undergraduate Education and Research in Aging to Eliminate Health Disparities (ENGAGED)- Summer Research Program” to continue her research in the lab.
New member: The lab is thrilled to welcome Dr. Shiridhar, an accomplished researcher, as a Postdoctoral Fellow. With a wealth of knowledge and experience, Dr. Shiridhar is set to elevate the lab's research to new heights.
Publication alert: Our research on MICU1-mediated regulation of mitochondria ultrastructure has been published in the journal Science Signaling.
Funding alert: Exciting news for the lab as it secures additional funding to expand the research program in new direction. The lab has received a significant administrative supplement on its ongoing NIH-R00 grant. This funding boost will further the lab's studies on mitochondrial structural homeostasis in Alzheimer's disease, fueling the pursuit of new insights and potential breakthroughs in combating this debilitating condition.
Publication alert: Our collaborative research on molecular chaperone BAG3 and its role in heart mitochondria and inflammasome has been published in the journal JACC: Basic to Translational Science.
Publication alert: Our collaborative research on mitochondrial sodium-calcium exchanger, NCLX’s role in age-associated cognitive decline has been published in the journal iScience.
We are actively hiring trainees at all levels (undergraduates, graduates, and postdoctoral fellows). If you are interested, please send your CV and a brief statement of research interest to Dr. Dhanendra Tomar (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Postdoctoral fellows in the area of mitochondria, calcium signaling, and protein-quality-control in cardiovascular physiology
Postdoctoral positions starting July 2022 are available in the Section of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine at Wake Forest University School of Medicine, Winston-Salem, NC under Dr. Dhanendra Tomar. We are looking for highly motivated candidates with a research background in cell biology, biochemistry, cardiovascular physiology, or a related field. The laboratory is well funded by the National Institutes of Health and Wake Forest University School of Medicine. We have exciting research projects focusing on but not limited to mitochondria, protein-quality control, and calcium signaling in cardiac physiology. The laboratory uses a broad range of scientific methods, including protein biochemistry, calcium imaging, metabolism and bioenergetics, confocal and super-resolution microscopy, mouse genetics, and physiology, which offers an excellent opportunity for training in multiple disciplines.
Candidates should have excellent research background with at least one first-author research article in an international peer-reviewed scientific journal, self-motivated to dive into new research areas with excellent written and oral communication skills. The ideal candidate with research experience in mitochondria biology, protein biochemistry, mouse genetics, and calcium signaling is preferred but not mandatory.
To apply for this position, please email a cover letter describing research interests and experience, curriculum vitae, and 2-3 letters of reference in a single PDF to Dr. Dhanendra Tomar (email@example.com).