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FDA Biochemistry of Blood Coagulation Fellowship

Application will be reviewed on a rolling-basis.

A research opportunity is available with the Office of Tissue and Advanced Therapeutics (OTAT) at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research (CBER), U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) in Silver Spring, Maryland.

This fellowship will be focused on investigating the biochemical mechanisms of human blood coagulation, to enhance the safety and efficacy of products that treat blood coagulation disorders. The selected participant will be studying mechanisms of interactions of blood coagulation factor VIII with its plasma clearance receptors and learn various methodologies to model and test these interactions in vitro. The participant will receive mentoring on fulfilling the project, which will include collaboration with researchers within and outside the FDA.

Through experience gained from this appointment, the fellow will learn valuable methods in biochemistry and molecular biology that are desired job skills in industry.

In more details, the research program of the lab is described at:

The following papers provide examples of the research work performed in our lab:
  • 1. Marakasova et al (2021) Molecular chaperone RAP interacts with LRP1 in a dynamic bivalent mode and enhances folding of the ligand-binding regions of LDLR family receptors. J. Biol. Chem. 297(1):100842-59.
  • 2. Chun et al (2021) Characterization of protein unable to bind von Willebrand factor in recombinant factor VIII products. J. Thromb. Haemost. 19(4):954-66.
  • 3. Shestopal et al (2017) Expression and characterization of a codon-optimized blood coagulation factor VIII. J. Thromb. Haemost. 15(4):709-20.
  • 4. Kurasawa et al (2015) Cluster III of the low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 binds activated blood coagulation factor VIII. Biochemistry 54(2):481-9.
  • 5. Kurasawa et al (2013) Mapping the binding region on the low-density lipoprotein receptor for blood coagulation factor VIII. J. Biol. Chem. 288(30):22033-41.

Anticipated Appointment Start Date: September 1, 2022. Start date is flexible and will depend on a variety of factors.

This program, administered by ORAU through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy to manage the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, was established through an interagency agreement between DOE and FDA. The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation of FDA contingent on the availability of funds. The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with educational level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at FDA in the Silver Spring, Maryland, area. Participants do not become employees of FDA, DOE or the program administrator, and there are no employment-related benefits.

Completion of a successful background investigation by the Office of Personnel Management is required for an applicant to be on-boarded at FDA. OPM can complete a background investigation only for individuals, including non-US Citizens, who have resided in the US for a total of three of the past five years.

FDA requires ORISE participants to read and sign their FDA Education and Training Agreement within 30 days of his/her start date, setting forth the conditions and expectations for his/her educational appointment at the agency. This agreement covers such topics as the following:

  • Non-employee nature of the ORISE appointment;
  • Prohibition on ORISE Fellows performing inherently governmental functions;
  • Obligation of ORISE Fellows to convey all necessary rights to the FDA regarding intellectual property conceived or first reduced to practice during their fellowship;
  • The fact that research materials and laboratory notebooks are the property of the FDA;
  • ORISE fellow’s obligation to protect and not to further disclose or use non-public information.