Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

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Research Fellow

Research Fellow

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The Gastrointestinal Cancer Translational Research Laboratory at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute is a multidisciplinary research laboratory focused on translational research projects spanning a range of gastrointestinal malignancies. The laboratory combines core competencies in molecular biology, histology, and patient-derived models, and works with biospecimens and associated clinical data from both internal and external sources. We are seeking an enthusiastic, diligent pathologist to join our team.


The pathology research fellow will:

  • Manage pathology-based projects, timelines and deliverables for the gastrointestinal cancer translational research laboratory and gastrointestinal cancer center
    • Isolate, identify, review/annotate and prepare specimens for examination.
    • Optimize extraction, quantification and qualitative analysis of RNA, DNA and protein from clinical specimens, including tissue, both fresh frozen and paraffin-embedded tissue
    • Work in close coordination with staff pathologists and technicians in the Department of Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, to develop, optimize, and interpret standard and novel immunohistochemical assays used for the analysis of gastrointestinal malignancies
  • Serve as a liason between the Gastrointestinal Cancer Translational Laboratory and the Department of Pathology, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute
  • Analyze experimental data and interpret results to write reports and summaries of findings, including grant preparation, manuscript preparations and presentations.
  • Maintain detailed notebook of all work-related activities and may be required to perform data entry.
  • Will be responsible for ordering of supplies associated with their own projects.
  • Will be expected to provide intellectual and interactive commitment to position by keeping up with appropriate literature and research publications.
  • Use computers, computer-interfaced equipment, robotics or high-technology applications to perform work duties.
  • May be responsible for the development, modification and improvement of standard operating procedures.
  • May be responsible for designing and executing advanced experiments and setting strategy.
  • Provide guidance to technical staff, where there is project overlap



  • Experience in clinical specimen handling, tissue review and annotation, processing and staining processes
  • Experience in interpretation of immunohistochemical stains
  • Experience in basic molecular pathology techniques to include, DNA, RNA and protein-based assay development
  • Experience in oncology research would be an advantage
  • Must maintain and continue intellectual involvement in the research activity. It is essential to demonstrate a high level of independent troubleshooting.
  • Must have excellent communication skills (written and verbal) and work with a wide variety of faculty and staff.
  • Ability to analyze information and use logic to address work-related issues and problems
  • Attention to detail and be thorough in completing work tasks.
  • Ability to work within a team environment.
  • Adaptability to a fast-paced, dynamic environment.
  • Multitasking essential.


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