Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student with Dr. Toshifumi Yokota: Neuromuscular Diseases

Postdoctoral Fellow and Graduate Student with Dr. Toshifumi Yokota: Neuromuscular Diseases

The laboratory of Dr. Toshifumi Yokota invites applications for postdoctoral fellow and graduate student positions in the Department of Medical Genetics at the University of Alberta. By utilizing integrative experimental and computational approaches, such as antisense oligonucleotides, CRISPR/Cas9, and machine-learning programs, the focuses of our group are to develop novel molecular therapies for neuromuscular diseases and rare genetic diseases. We also focus on the molecular mechanisms underlying various neuromuscular diseases, muscle fatigue, and recovery through in vitro and in vivo approaches. Our group is actively collaborating with the world-class researchers and industry partners. The highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment of our research group provides unique career development opportunities for the postdoctoral trainees and graduate students. The program is run by Dr. Toshifumi Yokota, Assistant Professor and the Muscular Dystrophy Canada Research Chair. His laboratory is renowned internationally for its work on the development of exon skipping/antisense technology as well as the study on animal models.

The representative publications of the PI for independent and collaborative research includes

  1. Echigoya Y et al (2017) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A., 114(16):4213-4218.
  2. Nakamura A et al (2017) J. Hum. Genet., 62(4):459-463.
  3. Kamaludin AA et al (2016) Hum. Mol. Genet., 25(17):3798-3809.
  4. Nakamura A et al (2016) J. Hum. Genet., 61(7):663-7.
  5. Rodrigues M et al (2016) Sci. Rep., 6, 38371
  6. Echigoya Y et al (2015) Mol. Ther. Nucleic Acids., 4 (2), e225
  7. Pandey SN et al (2014) Mol. Ther., 22(2):390-6.
  8. Aoki Y et al (2013) Hum. Mol. Genet., 22(24):4914-28.
  9. Aoki Y et al (2012) Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U S A., 109:13763-8.
  10. Taniguchi M et al (2011) Nature, 478:127-131.

Located in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, the Faculty has been internationally recognized as among the world's top 50 medical schools and as one of Canada's premier health-education institutions. The University is currently home to 39,000 students and 15,000 faculty and staff.


Postdoctoral Fellows: Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) in biomedical sciences. Strong background in one or more of the following areas i) muscle biology, ii) neurology, iii) molecular biology, iv) mammalian cell biology. Mouse model experience is not required, but highly desirable. In order to qualify as a postdoc, the individual must be within 5 years of receiving their Ph.D. All applicants should have good spoken and written communication skills in English.


Successful candidates will be offered a competitive salary commensurate with experience and accomplishments.

How to Apply:

Interested applicants should send i) a cover letter briefly describing your previous experience and your future research interest/plan, ii) a curriculum vitae, and iii) contact information of at least three references to Dr. Toshifumi Yokota (

Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Toshifumi Yokota, PhD
Assistant Professor
The Friends of Garrett Cumming Research & Muscular Dystrophy Canada
HM Toupin Neurological Science Research Chair
Department of Medical Genetics
University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry
831 Medical Sciences Building
8613 - 114 St. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2H7
Tel: 1(780) 492-1102 (office)/ 1(780) 492-9291 (lab)
Fax: 1(780) 492-1998