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Van Andel Institute

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Van Andel Institute (VAI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit medical research institute in Grand Rapids, Michigan. VAI was founded by Jay and Betty Van Andel in 1996 and is composed of two institutes: Van Andel Research Institute (VARI) and Van Andel Education Institute (VAEI). VARI scientists study the genetic, cellular, and molecular origins of cancer and other several other degenerative diseases, notably Parkinsons. VAEI offers various science education programs for students K-12, professional development for science teachers, and a graduate school for college students pursuing biomedical research. VARI’s primary work has been in basic research – looking for what occurs to cause disease in individual cells, and using that information to identify biomarkers that can help predict and diagnose diseases, and lead to the development of safer, more effective drugs. The research at VARI has primarily focused on cancer, but is expanding into other diseases such as osteoporosis, Parkinsons, and diabetes. The Institute’s Phase II building expansion included the addition of space for the new Jay Van Andel Parkinson Research Lab. VAI co-founder Jay Van Andel suffered from Parkinson disease for over 10 years before his death in 2004. From 1999 until 2009, former National Cancer Institute administrator George Vande Woude, Ph.D., served as VARI’s research director and helped to build the research programs that exist today. Before joining VARI, Dr. Vande Woude was Director of the Basic Research Program at the Frederick Cancer Research and Development Center as well as the Director for the Division of Basic Sciences at the National Cancer Institute. In the early 1980s, Dr. Vande Woude’s laboratory discovered the human MET oncogene, which is now an important target in the development of anti-cancer drugs.

11 jobs at Van Andel Institute
Postdoctoral Fellow - Pathophysiology of Parkinson's Disease

The fellow will investigate the contribution of a transcription factor to the pathophysiology of Par...

Posted 13 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Bioinformatics Research Scientist - Epigenetics in Cancer

Provide experimental design and analysis expertise/timelines to research faculty; analyze data throu...

Posted 13 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Statistical Geneticist - Brain and Neurodegenerative Disease

Develop methods to analyze cohort-level data from whole exome and whole-genome sequencing data...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Assistant / Associate / Full Professor Neurodegenerative Disease

The Vision of VARI is to expand the growing global recognition for our transformative model of funda...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Scientific Project Leader

Assist by writing and/or reviewing scientific reports, grant applications, peer-reviewed papers, and...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Research Associate Russell Jones Lab

Understanding the metabolic pathways critical for immune cell function in vivo, to better understand...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Computational Biologist Brain and Neurodegenerative Disease

Develop and apply methods for the identification of disease-causing and disease-risk variations in e...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Fellow - Cancer Bone Metastasis

As a Postdoctoral Fellow, you will start with a pending R01 research studying the influence of bone...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Director of Development

Work with Van Andel Institute Volunteer Boards - you will focus on transitioning donors to a major g...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   11 - 15 years exp.  •  Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Post-Doctoral Fellow - Molecular and Cellular Neurodegeneration

The position is available for an ambitious scientist to use or establish biochemical, cellular and r...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services

Postdoctoral Fellow Prion Disease

A detail-oriented researcher that thinks critically to effectively design experiments and solve comp...

Posted 35 days ago

  •   Professional, Scientific & Technical Services