The Moberg Lab in the Emory University Department of Cell Biology is seeking to hire a postdoctoral researcher with PhD experience in Drosophila neuroscience, neurobiology and/or neurological disease modeling. The position is R01 funded and will center on the role of the Nab2 RNA binding protein in brain neurons. Nab2 interacts physically and functionally with the Drosophila Fragile X homolog dFmrp, and is a functional ortholog of a human protein, ZC3H14, that is lost or mutated in an inherited form of intellectual disability. The project will pursue the molecular role of Nab2 in mRNA translation and splicing in brain neurons, with a focus on transcripts predicted to encode key pre- and postsynaptic factors, and those involved in trans-synaptic signaling (e.g. Arc1). Researchers will also have the opportunity to complement Drosophila studies with parallel studies in a mouse model of Nab2/ZC3H14 deficiency created by our close collaborators in the Corbett Lab (EU, Dept of Biology).
Past experience in Drosophila neuroscience is recommended
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