Description: Postdoctoral position available summer 2019 studying mammalian sleep, genetics and neuro-circuitry in the laboratory of Dr. Chris Ehlen at Morehouse School of Medicine (Neuroscience Institute) in Atlanta, GA. We are seeking one candidate to lead a project investigating the mechanistic role of sleep in the limbic circuits that regulate resilience to social stress.
Environment: Successful candidates will join a highly successful and collaborative group of six investigators focusing on circadian rhythmicity and sleep. Laboratories are housed within the larger Neuroscience Institute where there is additional focus on epilepsy, stroke and traumatic brain injury.
Interested candidates please send curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and career goals, and the names of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ehlen JC, Brager AJ, Baggs J, Pinckney L, Gray CL, DeBruyne JP, Esser KA, Takahashi JS, Paul KN. “Bmal1 function in skeletal muscle regulates sleep” Elife. 6, e26557, 2017.
Ehlen,J.C., Kelly Ann Jones, K.A., Pinckney, L., Burette, S., Weinberg, R.J., Evans, J.A., Brager, A., Zylka, M.J., Paul, K.N., Philpot, B.D., and J.P. DeBruyne, “Maternal Ube3a loss disrupts sleep homeostasis but leaves circadian rhythmicity largely intact”. Journal of Neuroscience, 35(40):13587-98, 2015.
Qualifications: The ideal candidate will be a highly motivated individual with a Ph.D. in biology/neuroscience. Experience with one or more of the following is a plus: rodent stereotaxic surgery, rodent sleep recording/analysis, chemogenetics, behavioral testing, immunofluorescence and confocal or light-sheet microscopy.
Internal Number: 102
About Morehouse school of Medicine
The mission of the MSM Neuroscience Institute is to create a supportive and challenging environment for the investigation and teaching of the functional organization of the nervous system, and to seek ways to reduce suffering brought about by neurological disorders. Funding and administrative support were secured from the National Institutes of Health Office on Research for Minority Health and the National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), respectively. The Neuroscience Institute is composed of selected faculty members from the Department of Neurobiology and the Department of Pharmacology at MSM who are conducting grant supported research.MSMNI research areas cover a broad range of cellular and molecular neuroscience and include the molecular biology and physiology of circadian rhythm, mechanisms of sleep and sleep disorders, mechanisms of stroke and stroke prevention, photoreceptor and retinal physiology, glutamate receptor physiology and mechanisms of hyperexcitability in epilepsy. Investigators use a variety of experimental preparations including whole animals, the intact portions of the central nervous system, and simplified preparations, such as tissue s...lices and single cells, to study cellular activities and cell-cell communication under more controlled conditions.The MSMNI recognizes the importance of transmitting current research information to students. Members of the MSMNI are involved in teaching graduate students, medical students, and health care professionals. A Summer Undergraduate Research Program targeting college students are designed to provide early opportunities to explore biomedical research career options is offered.