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    The incumbent is a Research Microbiologist/VMO/Chemist in the Virus and Prion Diseases of Livestock Research Unit (VPRU) at the National Animal Disease Center (NADC), Ames, Iowa, assigned to the Pathobiology, Genetics, and Detection of transmissible spongiform encephalopathies (TSEs) research project. The mission of VPRU is to conduct basic and applied research on the pathogenesis, prevention, and diagnosis of viral, bacterial, and prion diseases in food-producing animals.

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    • Develop new methods of TSE agent detection and differentiation.
    • Investigate TSE agents in the environment as it relates to transmission.
    • Evaluate methods for the differentiation of TSE strains by application of novel protein and carbohydrate chemistry approaches.
    • Use immunoassays, ELISA, and amplification-based techniques for TSE detection.
    • Develop novel biochemical techniques for sample preparation and detection of TSEs in preclinical hosts to enhance the study of and improve diagnostic sensitivity of TSEs in natural host species.

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    Occasional travel - Local, domestic, and international travel is required for field/farm work and to attend training and scientific meetings and conferences.

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