Norman Lab

Who We Are

The Lab focuses on the co-evolution of the HLA molecules that are expressed by healthy cells, and the KIR, which are Natural Killer (NK) cell receptors that interact with HLA to control immune cell activity. HLA molecules can signal a cell’s health status, such as whether it is infected or not, to cells of the immune system. Through population genetics and molecular analyses that inform functional experiments, the aim is to determine precisely how genetic variation can influence immunity. We use high-throughput sequencing to target the HLA and KIR genomic regions. Characterized by extreme sequence and structural diversity, these are the most complex, and amongst the most medically important, regions of the human genome. In addition to basic science, this work demonstrates strong commitment towards encompassing all human diversity in research, and can be translated directly to personalized treatment.

Our Values

The Norman lab is devoted to nurturing a respectful, inclusive, and safe environment. We believe both personal and career background diversity leads to innovation in progressing toward our shared goals.

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Work With Us

The Norman Lab welcomes applications from passionate and ambitious scientists at all stages (post-docs, graduate students, undergraduate students, and research assistants) across a range of disciplines (immunology, computational biology, and genetics).

Postdoctoral Fellows

We are recruiting multiple postdoctoral fellows with diverse backgrounds and expertise to investigate the variation of the immunological responses that determine the susceptibility and severity of infectious and autoimmune diseases (immunogenetics).

Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree. Previous research experience in immunology, human genetics, bioinformatics, or related areas is preferred. Please email your CV, a brief description of your previous work, and your future research interests and arrange for 3 letters of recommendation to be sent to if interested.

Research Assistant

We seek a motivated, highly organized team player with strong interpersonal and communication skills to support our exciting research in immunogenetics.

The research technician/associate will work under Dr. Norman's direct supervision and close mentorship, conducting various lab experiments, performing prep work for experiments, conducting standard lab techniques, and functioning to support the lab and/or research project or protocol. Duties will include cell culture, PBMC and tissue lymphocyte isolation, flow cytometry, and molecular biology techniques.

The Norman Lab provides excellent training opportunities to promote career development to graduate school or medical school.



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