Postdoctoral Fellow

About the Forsyth Institute

The Forsyth Institute is the only independent research institute in the United States that specializes in oral health and it’s its impact on overall wellness, with cutting-edge research programs in microbiology, immunology and tooth/bone biology. Consistent with its founding mission, Forsyth also maintains a century-long commitment to bring preventive dental care directly to thousands of underserved children throughout Massachusetts. The Forsyth Institute is located in the global biotech hub of Kendall Square, Cambridge. 

Forsyth is grounded in a 3-pillared strategic plan focused on biological research, clinical service and public health outreach, and technological innovation. With an entrepreneurial spirit, independence of scientific thought, and diverse culture, Forsyth is the ideal environment for taking bold risks with the support of a committed team unified by a common mission. 

About the role

Dr. Xuesong He has an opening for one postdoctoral fellow position in his laboratory for a highly motivated candidate who is interested in human oral microbiome and microbial-host interaction. The successful candidate will be working on a newly NIH funded R01 five-year project focusing on sRNA mediated microbial-host interaction. The lab currently has multiple active NIH-funded research projects to use multidisciplinary approaches to study oral microbiome with a specific focus on microbial pathogenesis, inter-species interaction and signal transduction. Detailed information about our on-going projects and recent publications can be found at


The successful candidate should have a Ph.D. in microbiology and/or immunology with strong experience in microbiology and microbial-host interaction, evident by peer-reviewed publication in reputable journals. Prior research experience in Fusobacterial pathogenesis, microbial-host interaction, small RNA research, bioinformatics and/or animal study will be a plus.

Interested candidates must apply via the link below and contact Dr. He at with the following information:

1. Cover letter indicating current and future research interests;

2. Expected starting date;

3. Curriculum vitae;

4. Brief summary of previous research experience (2-3 pages);

5. Names and contact information for 2 or 3 references.

The Forsyth Institute is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy-related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.