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The research in our lab explores the novel players in the cardiovascular diseases with a focus on various elements within the extracellular matrix (ECM), their interaction with the resident cells, and related proteins and enzymes (TIMPs, MMPs, ADAMs, etc.) in cardiac and vascular pathologies. We are always looking for enthusiastic, driven and smart trainees!!

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Applications for Postdoctoral Fellows are accepted on an on-going basis from individuals interested in understanding exploring novel aspects of extracellular matrix function and contribution to cardiac and vascular diseases (e.g., cardiac hypertrophy, myocardial infarction, aortic aneurysm, and atherosclerosis). Motivated and enthusiastic applicants with expertise in molecular and cellular biology, as well as animal models are encouraged to email Dr. Kassiri directly. The applicant should be confident in routine animal models, molecular techniques, cell culture; a knowledge and/or experience in proteomics, mass spectrometry, and flow cytometry will be an asset. The applicants should be competitive for internal and external funding. A cover letter should include a description of relevant research training to date and the applicant’s long-term research interests and career goals. Your Curriculum Vitae (CV) should include complete details of academic records, publications, awards and the name of three referees. 

Graduate Students
Training opportunities for enthusiastic and driven PhD students are available in the Kassiri lab (through the Department of Physiology, University of Alberta). The applicant must be familiar with basic research techniques and comfortable in working with animal models.  Potential students can contact Dr. Kassiri (, and more details regarding graduate admission can be found through the Faculty of Graduate Studies and Research.


Undergraduate Students
The Kassiri Lab also has (limited) research opportunities for undergraduate project students. Prior research experience is required. Anyone interested in these programs should contact Dr. Kassiri directly.

Summer studentship is available in the Kassiri lab, but is contingent upon securing external funding (Alberta Innovates Health Solutions (AIHS) Summer Studentship Program or Motyl Endowment Summer studentship). 

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