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Postdoctoral Researcher at UCLA in Molecular and Regenerative Neuroscience

Fernando Gomez-Pinilla
Los Angeles, California
conmesurate to experience and higher than NIH
Closing date
Mar 26, 2022

Job Details

Our laboratory has been a leader on current knowledge about the impact of diet, exercise, and environment on brain repair and plasticity. Our main goal is to identify molecular pathways and genes governing plasticity and regeneration that can be targeted to promote cures for traumatic brain injury (TBI) and other neurological and metabolic disorders.

Current positions are to explore (but not limited to):

  • The impact of trauma on spatiotemporal genomics of single cells, and their behavioral implications (cognition, motor behavior) as shown in Nature communications of pharmacological interventions to restore neural circuit function.
  • Use of exercise pharmacology for the repair of damaged neural circuits important for learning and memory.  We are using resting state functional MRI to monitor reorganization of brain regions.
  • Interaction between brain and periphery (system physiology) on the control of TBI pathogenesis and higher order function (learning and memory, and emotions), and the modulatory action of diet.

Our studies integrate novel concepts of brain plasticity, system physiology, cell metabolism, molecular biology, genomic, imaging, and behavior. Our broad goal is to provide solutions to complex neurological disorders such as TBI. The nutritional aspect of our studies is significant on the context of the health risk posed by contemporary lifestyles on the current epidemic of metabolic and brain disorders. Our goal is to use food as a medicine to reduce the burden of neurological disorders. 

We offer an excellent opportunity to train in translational modern neuroscience with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology, imaging, genomics, and system biology approaches. We welcome junior scientists with diverse backgrounds and highly motivated for career advancement. Our laboratory offers a unique opportunity for junior scientists who enjoy thinking out of the box and are anxious for novel scientific discoveries around the principle “nature Vs nurture”.

Our laboratory works at the interface between basic and clinical neuroscience, as part of the UCLA Brain Injury Research Center, Brain Research Institute, UCLA Medical School, and School of Life Science.  The research environment offers unlimited opportunities for training, learning novel concepts and state-of-the-art techniques.  UCLA is a world leader in neuroscience and offers a stimulating intellectual and diverse environment, and is immerse in the highly cultural, artistic, and lively community of Los Angeles.

The position requires a candidate with a Ph.D. and experience in rodent research, molecular biology (transcriptomic and protein analyses), neuropharmacology, and behavior.  Desirable experience in metabolomics, lipidomics, genomics, computational and bioinformatic analysis (R platform), in vitro, in vivo imaging. Salary is commensurate upon qualifications and higher than NIH stipends.  Please send CV, description of research interest, and three contacts to

Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D., Professor, Dept. Integrative Biology & Physiology (College of Letter and Science) and Dept. Neurosurgery (UCLA Medical School);



Fernando Gomez-Pinilla, Ph.D., is a Professor in the Departments of Neurosurgery, and Integrative Biology and Physiology, and director of the NeuroLife laboratory at UCLA. He has pioneered research about the molecular mechanisms by which lifestyle factors such as diet and exercise influence brain plasticity and cognitive function. He has made important contribution to understand how the interaction between the brain and periphery can be used to modulate the pathogenesis of brain disorders such as traumatic brain injury. His is currently using integrative approaches involving molecular, genomics, imaging, and behavioral to develop new strategies to cure metabolic and neurological disorders. His studies are funded by the National Institute of Heath. He has about 150 articles published in elite scientific journals, and has been plenary speaker in important events around the world, and his research receives intense international media attention.

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