The lab of Dr. Catherine Christian, at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on an NIH-funded project investigating the neural and pituitary mechanisms that underlie comorbid reproductive endocrine disorders in a mouse model of temporal lobe epilepsy. The project for this specific position will focus on determining the functional relationships between hippocampal seizure activity, hypothalamic gonadotropin-releasing hormone (GnRH) release, and pituitary response to GnRH using in vivo EEG, optogenetics, and pituitary gland gene expression analysis and hormone assays.
Our lab uses a variety of approaches including patch clamp electrophysiology, EEG, stereotactic surgeries, optogenetics/chemogenetics, neuroanatomy, viral vectors, and transgenic mouse models to explore research questions at the intersection of neuroscience, physiology, and endocrinology. For more information about the lab, please see www.christianlab.org.
A Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related field is required. Candidates close to defending their dissertation will be considered. The successful applicant will have evidence of research productivity as shown in at least one high-quality first-author publication, good oral and written communication skills, and will be highly motivated and self-driven.
To apply, please submit: (1) a cover letter describing your research interests, relevant background, and career goals; (2) current CV; and (3) contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Catherine Christian at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Internal Number: Christian_Postdoc_2018
About Christian Lab, University of Illinois
The Christian Lab is located in the Department of Molecular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a top-ranked research institution at the heart of an affordable, family-friendly community with a high quality of life. State-of-the-art core research facilities and collaborative opportunities are available through the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology, Carver Biotechnology Center, and the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology.