Research Postdoctoral Program

Research Postdoctoral Program


Postdoctoral Associates and Fellows


Houston Methodist has a vibrant postdoctoral program with research fellows from all over the world. While a majority of the researchers are involved in biomedical research, their backgrounds include diverse array of fields ranging from mechanical, materials and other disciplines of engineering to chemistry, physics, mathematics and computational sciences.

Our postdoctoral fellows have access to a the latest technology, equipment and facilities at Houston Methodist including an on-site cyclotron, cGMP manufacturing, a machine shop for prototyping, and core facilities to support today's medical research needs.

The Methodist Association for Postdoctoral Affairs also supports our postdoctoral researchers by serving as a centralized organization for education, networking, intramural activities, and career development and advancement opportunities.



Open Postdoctoral Positions Alert


We want to announce the opening of several postdoctoral positions are available in the lab of Kenji Yokoi, MD, PhD in the Department of Nanomedicine, to the NCI-funded new 5-year project to investigate the bio-physical roles of the pre-metastatic niche on circulation and arrest of circulating tumor cells in the blood vessels. We will image and quantify development of the pre-metastatic niche and circulation/arrest of the circulating tumor cells in murine tumor metastasis models using various imaging techniques. We will also utilize novel microfluidics in collaboration with the lab of Lidong Qin, PhD, to reproduce the microenvironment of blood vessels with the pre-metastatic niche. 

Additionally, positions are open in collaboration with the lab of Tetsuo Ashizawa, MD, Director of the Neurosciences Research Program. This collaboration involves basic neuroscience research for SATB2-associated syndrome (SAS). SAS is a recently described very rare pediatric disease characterized by developmental delay / intellectual disability with absent or limited speech development, craniofacial abnormalities, behavioral problems, skeletal anomalies, osteopenia, and so on.  So far, around 150 cases of genetic variants in SATB2 gene have been reported which include intragenic deletions, duplications, translocations, and point mutations. But the exact patho-mechanisms of the genetic abnormalities in SAS remains unknown. The goal of this research is to elucidate and understand the consequences of the genetic mutation in SATB2 gene using induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cell lines developed from patient’s peripheral blood and its isogenic control cells. Mouse model carrying the specific mutation will be established to study the in vivo function of mutated SATB2 and discover potential therapeutic targets/methods.

Applicants should hold a MD, PhD, or DVM degree and have a strong background in cancer biology, molecular biology, immunology or bioengineering with experiences on handling various mouse tumor models, imaging techniques, basic in vitro studies using cell lines. 

For more information on the openings in either department, or if you are interested, you may contact Dr. Yokoi with your curriculum vitae. You may view this page for all open postdoctoral positions. Please note that you should expect delays in the recruitment process in light of current regulations and restrictions in the Texas Medical Center.

National Postdoctoral Association

As a sustaining member of the National Postdoctoral Association (NPA), the Research Institute offers its postdocs a free affiliate NPA membership. Follow the instructions below to sign up:

- Visit and click Join in the upper right corner.

-Select Affiliate Individual Member as the member type and click Continue.

-Enter your Username (your institutional email address), First Name and Last Name, and then click Continue. (Note: To receive a free affiliate membership, you must    use your institutional email address as the username.)

-Select your membership selection:
  • Affiliate Graduate Student
  • Affiliate Postdoc
  • Affiliate Non-Postdoc/Other

-Enter all required information (marked with an asterisk) and any other information that you want included your profile. Please note: All information will be visible to site administrators. If you want information to be excluded from your public profile, uncheck the check box next to the fields you want to be hidden.

-Click Submit. The NPA membership manager will review your affiliate membership within 10 working days and will send you an email upon approval.

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