Our lab is interested in the cell biology of neurons, specifically, how synapses form, are maintained and change with activity and disease. We focus on the neurotransmitter receptors, nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) and NMDA- and AMPA-type glutamate receptors, which are responsible for the rapid postsynaptic excitatory responses. Our goal is to understand how neurons traffic these receptors to and from synapses and how they are involved in synapse formation and plasticity.
We are searching for someone who will run a mentored, independent research project with the goal of characterizing changes that occur in the cell of neurons in response to chronic nicotine exposure. The project will be part of a T32 NIH Training Grant entitled " Integrative Training in the Neurobiology of Addictive Behaviors".
We are looking for an interactive researcher willing to work with and mentor others. He/She should have an interest in addiction research at the level of the synapse and neuron and should have some previous research experience in cellular and molecular techniques.
Doctorate degree and a strong interest in research at the cell and molecular level.
Additional Salary Information: Salary will depend on previous experience