A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the laboratory of Prakash Kara to participate in newly funded BRAIN Initiative grants from the NIH and NSF. We use multi-photon imaging and optogenetics to study visual processing and determine the feature selectivity of neurons and blood vessels from the neocortex. The ultimate goals of these funded projects are to (1) resolve aspects of neural coding of binocular signals in the visual cortex, (2) determine the underpinnings of fMRI using rodent and non-rodent animal model systems, and (3) build microcircuits for neurovascular coupling across brain regions and species.
Team members in the Kara lab interact with the lab of Thomas Naselaris (at MUSC in Charleston South Carolina) on computational models and members of the Center for Magnetic Resonance Research at the University of Minnesota where ultra high field fMRI (up to 16.4T) will be performed on the same subjects used for two-photon imaging in the Kara lab.
Sample Publications from the Kara lab:
O'Herron P, Chhatbar, PY, Levy M, Shen Z, Schramm AE, Lu Z and Kara P. (2016). Neural correlates of single-vessel hemodynamic responses in vivo. Nature 534, 378-382.
Shen, Z., Lu, Z., Chhatbar, P.Y., O'Herron, P., and Kara P. (2012). An artery-specific fluorescent dye for studying neurovascular coupling. Nature Methods 9, 273-276.
Kara, P., and Boyd, J.D. (2009). A micro-architecture for binocular disparity and ocular dominance in visual cortex. Nature 458, 627-631.
Ideal candidates will have prior research experience in neuroscience, fluorescence microscopy and/or electrophysiological recording in vivo, and quantitative analytical skills. Candidates must be highly motivated, have good interpersonal and organizational skills, and be prepared to work within and across interactive laboratory environments.
The successful candidate may start at MUSC this summer or Fall and then move with the lab to Minneapolis in December. For applicants that may only be available starting 2018, an interview at the 2017 SFN annual meeting in DC may be arranged.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a curriculum vitae, the names of three references, and a brief statement of your overlapping research interests.
The MUSC Department of Neuroscience is a strong research enterprise dedicated to discovering how the brain works. Our research efforts resulted in more than $11 million in NIH awards in fiscal year 2014, making us the 7th ranked Neuroscience department in the nation in terms of funding. We have strong research programs in basic and applied neurosciences, which include sensory perception and neurovascular coupling using in vivo imaging, recording and stimulation techniques.