POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR IN VISION SCIENCE
The UCLA Stein Eye Institute and Department of Ophthalmology invite applications for postdoctoral scholars in vision research to study “The Role of Corneal and Retinal Innervation in Pain and Photoallodynia.” Our laboratory seeks to understand the neural pathways underlying ocular surface pain and light sensitivity using multidisciplinary experimental approaches including neuro-anatomical, behavioral and in vivo and ex vivo imaging approaches. The laboratory uses clinically-relevant mouse models of photoallodynia, including migraine and corneal surface damage, to study shared and independent pathways. We and others recently identified a novel trigeminal pathway that in conjunction with retinal pathways, contributes to light sensitivity and corneal mechanical sensitivity. In complementary goals, the laboratory is generating a comprehensive anatomical and functional map of corneal- trigeminal innervation underlying blink, lacrimation and nociception. The candidate will lead existing research projects in design, execute and analyze experiments at the cellular and molecular level, as well as present at scientific meetings and write manuscripts for peer reviewed publication.
Candidates should have a doctorate (Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D.) and have background in ocular research or behavioral neuroscience, or a related discipline. A familiarity with molecular and cellular analyses, immunohistochemistry and animal models is preferred.
Candidates are required to submit application packets via the UC Recruit website and should be addressed to:
Anna Matynia, Ph.D.
UCLA Department of Ophthalmology
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