Postdoctoral Scientist positions supported by NIH funds are immediately available in the lab of Dr. Ryan Drenan at Wake Forest University Health Sciences. Individuals with strengths, prior training, and interest in neuroscience, pharmacology, physiology, behavior, or chemical biology are encouraged to apply directly to Dr. Ryan Drenan in the Department of Physiology & Pharmacology at Wake Forest University Health Sciences, which is the research/education entity of Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center.
The Drenan group is a basic science lab that is actively researching the mechanisms of dependence/addiction to nicotine and tobacco products. We are also investigating the basic neurobiological mechanisms of acetylcholine and dopamine neurotransmission. We seek to leverage cutting edge tools/techniques, coupled in some cases with behavioral approaches such as nicotine intravenous self-administration in rodents, to make new discoveries about the mechanisms of nicotine addiction. The lab uses advanced approaches such as 2-photon laser scanning microscopy, optogenetics, gene editing, and chemical biology tools. Examples can be found in recent publications in Nature Methods(doi:10.1038/NMETH.4637) (http://rdcu.be/JRID) and Cell Reports (https://www.cell.com/cell-reports/fulltext/S2211-1247(18)30621-1).
The Department of Physiology & Pharmacology has internationally-recognized strengths in basic and translational drug addiction and alcohol abuse research. The Wake Forest Comprehensive Cancer Center recently established the Tobacco Control Center of Excellence, which provides fertile ground for cutting-edge basic, translational, and clinical research into nicotine/tobacco dependence. Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center is located in Winston-Salem, NC, which provides: a desirable pace of life suitable for people with families, a low cost of living, a moderate year-round climate, and many cultural and recreational opportunities.
The lab would be an excellent place for a teachable individual with prior training in one or more of the following: operant behavioral assays, brain slice patch clamp electrophysiology, 2-photon microscopy, molecular/cellular neuroscience techniques in rodent animal models. The successful applicant should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree with expertise relevant to the research questions/approaches described above. Interested individuals should send a detailed CV with bibliography, a brief statement of research accomplishments and future interests (max one page), and arrange to have letters of recommendation sent to email@example.com.