Postdoctoral Position in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory
McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School
McLean Hospital is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with a primary focus on the molecular and cellular mechanisms of stress, fear, and anxiety-related behaviors, particularly within the amygdala. The fellow will be mentored by Dr. Kerry Ressler in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory and have access to the McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School academic environment and resources. The successful candidate will be proposed for academic appointment as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.
The Fellow will be responsible for independently-led experiments within a broader collaborative group focused on stress neuropeptides and neural pathways mediating fear- and stress responses. This work aims to dissect the molecular events within specific neuron populations that underlie the stress response. By focusing on ‘hub’ genes and proteins underlying the stress response (CRF and PACAP) that are expressed within specific cell populations within the main neural circuit ‘hubs’ related to stress and fear (AMG and BNST), combined with PBn and PFC, a powerful and novel mechanistic approach will connect stress processing from gene to behavior, enhancing understanding of these disorders. The Fellow will utilize mouse behaviors, molecular and cellular biology, intracranial surgery and manipulations, optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry, cell-type specific sequencing, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization.
PhD scientist with expertise in mouse behavior, including addiction, appetitive behavior, stress-related behavior, neurobiology, with specific emphasis in understanding the neural mechanisms of stress, fear, anxiety, and addiction related behaviors in mouse models.
Some exposure to molecular and cellular biology, intracranial surgery and manipulations, viral vector techniques and chemogenetics, and immunohistochemistry.
Self-starter with excellent problem-solving, communication, organizational and creative skills;
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