Posted to MedZilla on 11/23/2017

Takeda Pharmaceuticals

US-CA, 2018 Summer Internship- Early Target Discovery (San Diego, CA) 1702685-MZ


Are you looking for a patient-focused company that will inspire you and support your career? If so, be empowered to take charge of your future at Takeda. Join us as a Early Target Discovery Intern in our San Diego office. Here, everyone matters and you will be a vital contributor to our inspiring, bold mission.

Utilize a variety of molecular and cell biology techniques to support the identification of novel drug targets and validation of target expression across a variety of disease indications. Assist with general lab support and in vivo studies involving mouse tissue dissection and ex vivo analysis.


  • With supervision, learns how to work with BAC clones and modify them for transgene expression following standard protocols.
  • With guidance from supervisor, helps to characterize transgenic mouse lines for appropriate transgene expression using a combination of techniques, including tissue isolation, RNA preparation, quantitative RT-PCR, tissue fixation and sectioning, immunohistochemistry, and confocal microscopy.
  • With appropriate guidance, learns the TRAP methodology for isolation of cell-type enriched mRNA.
  • Assists in the development of cell culture assays for target validation.
  • Interprets data and clearly and concisely documents and presents results in an organized manner.
  • Communicates with project team and colleagues effectively and work well with others to meet experimental goals.


  • One year of undergraduate training with a science background or some previous experience working in a lab environment.
  • Familiarity with basic lab skills such as pipetting, use of centrifuge, bacterial culture, and lab safety.
  • Basic understanding of principles of molecular and cellular biology.
  • Willingness to work in a team-oriented, dynamic and changing environment
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills


  • Manual dexterity required to operate office equipment (i.e., computers, phones, etc.).
  • Carrying, handling and reaching for objects up to 25 lbs
  • Able to work in a lab environment
  • Exposure to hazardous and toxic chemicals
  • Potential exposure to rodent allergens

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