The Richards Lab is looking for Ph.D candidates and Post-doctoral fellows!
Applications for 2013-2014 are now being accepted.
We are recruiting PhD candidates and Post-doctoral fellows in Genetics or Clinical Epidemiology to join Dr. Brent Richards and his research team at McGill University, located in Montreal, Canada. The applicant will work with a highly qualified and international team of researchers to identify the genetic determinants of common diseases and undertake pharmacogenetic clinical trials. Visit our Student Recruitment section for more details and how to apply.
The objective of the Richards Lab research program is to identify the genetic determinants of common diseases, and apply genomics technologies to generate novel, personalized, and efficient therapeutic options.
Most common diseases are influenced by both genetic and environmental factors, with genetic factors influencing approximately 40-60% of the risk of common diseases. While much study has led to the identification of some of the environmental determinants of common diseases, until recently the genetic determinants have remained elusive. In the past few years, new technologies have enabled the identification of some common genetic variants which influence common diseases.
Research conducted in the Richards Lab uses genomics technologies to identify novel biologic pathways that cause common diseases. Many drugs currently exist that target these pathways and these drugs could represent new therapeutic options for disease. Our goal is to generate novel and personalized therapeutic options by respositioning existing, less expensive drugs to new indications.
By understanding the causes of common diseases, we can identify individuals at risk, and develop effective and efficient treatment options for them.