Our lab studies endothelial and vascular dysfunction during systemic inflammation. We primarily focus on sepsis, the body's response to a severe infection, and use multimodal techniques to assess the cellular and molecular impact of sepsis using both in vitro and in vivo assays, as well as data and sample collection from patients suffering from sepsis. The RAIII will work closely with members of the laboratory in performing experiments and will assist other members in doing routine lab maintenance, as well as train additional members in current or new skills attained. Motivated individuals will be given the opportunity to explore and work on independent projects.
Welcome to the Division of Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
Our division cares for critically ill infants and children from birth through adolescence in two locations. The Pediatric Intensive Care Unit (PICU) serves children with primary medical conditions or following surgical procedures performed by a variety of groups including: Pediatric Surgery (including trauma), Neurosurgery, Otolaryngology and others. The Pediatric Cardiac Intensive Care unit (PCICU) cares for children with primary heart disease, both congenital and acquired. We are committed to excellence in patient care, research, and in the training of the next generation of intensive care physicians. Our faculty members work collaboratively with pediatric specialists throughout Monroe Carell Children's Hospital at Vanderbilt (MCJCHV) to provide a highly coordinated approach to caring for critically ill children.
The PICU is a 30-bed unit that provides highly specialized care for critically ill children. The Children's Hospital is a major referral center for various pediatric subspecialties including trauma, organ transplantation and burns. The PCICU is a 23-bed unit that supports services of the Vanderbilt Pediatric Heart Institute. In addition to admitting over 500 cardiac surgical patients annually, our unit supports one of the highest volume heart transplant programs in the country. The Critical Care Division supports an ECMO (Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation) service that provides temporary support of lung and cardiac function and a Rapid Response/Code Team that attends to life-threatening emergencies throughout MCJCHV. Our division is also proud to be associated with Vanderbilt LifeFlight, one of the highest-rated and busiest critical care air medical transport services in the country. LifeFlight has a dedicated helipad on the roof of the Children's Hospital.
Under the guidance of our board-certified faculty, our division has active clinical and basic science research programs. Laboratory research projects focus on the biology of vascular inflammation, mechanisms of cytokine signaling, and on endothelial inflammation in sepsis. Clinical projects are focused on limiting the long-term impact of critical illness on children including assessment of how prolonged critical illness effects brain function (delirium), and the utility of early mobilization of critically ill children in fostering more rapid neurologic recovery. These programs are the product of the strong collaborative efforts between members of the division and the rich research environment present at Children's Hospital and Vanderbilt University Medical Center.
Our fellowship program currently accepts four pediatricians per year for three years of additional training in intensive care. Our goal is to create an environment of collegial scholarship and apprenticeship for trainees in Pediatric Critical Care medicine that fosters learning and growth for both fellows and faculty. Within this environment, we promote the development of empathy, respect, professionalism, scholarly inquiry, clinical excellence, and effective leadership as traits essential to practitioners of Pediatric Critical Care.
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Under intermittent/minimal supervision, conduct experiments and assays including:
Extraction and isolation of RNA, DNA and protein
ELISA and EIAs
Cell culture and conditional plating
Understand and follow experimental protocols as well as record, compile, interpret and communicate data/results
Perform calculations involving molarities, % solutions, and serial dilutions
Participate in general laboratory operation, reagent ordering and inventory maintenance.
Candidates with laboratory experience in basic physiology and molecular biology accompanied by a basic understanding of general chemical principles is desired. Experience with cell culture is required. Prior experience with RNA isolation techniques and confocal microscopy are desirable. Outstanding written and verbal communication skills are essential as is a history of job stability and commitment to work with a research team over the long term.
Individuals who apply should be capable of following through lists of assigned tasks, self-starters with an orientation for details and capable of keeping meticulous records. Candidates should possess basic computer skills: Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint.
Bachelor's Degree (or equivalent experience) and 4 years experience
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is home to Vanderbilt University Hospital, The Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, the Vanderbilt Psychiatric Hospital and the Vanderbilt Stallworth Rehabilitation Hospital. These hospitals experienced more than 61,000 inpatient admissions during fiscal year 2015. Vanderbilt’s adult and pediatric clinics treated nearly 2 million patients during this same period. Vanderbilt University Hospital and the Monroe Carell Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt are recognized again this year by U.S. News & World Report’s Best Hospitals as among the nation’s best with 18 nationally ranked specialties. Vanderbilt University Medical Center is world renowned because of the innovation, work ethic and collegiality of its employees. From our health care advances to our compassionate care, Vanderbilt owes its accomplishments and reputation to staff and faculty who bring skill and drive and innovation to the medical center day after day. World-leading academic departments and comprehensive centers of excellence pursue scientific discoveries and transformational educational and clinical advances across the entire spectrum of health and disease.As t...he largest employer in middle Tennessee, we welcome those who are interested in ongoing development in a caring, culturally sensitive and professional atmosphere. Most of us spend so much of our lives at work, we want to be part of maintaining a workplace in which people support one another and encourage reaching for excellence. Many high-achieving employees stay at Vanderbilt because of the professional growth they experience and because of their appreciation of Vanderbilt’s benefits, public events and discussions, athletic opportunities, beautiful setting and, above all, sense of community and purpose.Vanderbilt and its employees share a set of mutual expectations that have been created with productivity, legality, fairness and safety always in mind. We believe that our investment in training and compensating employees multiplies in value when we enable individuals to deliver their best performance for the benefit of us all.