A Postdoctoral Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Eric S. Levine at the UConn School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. Our research is focused on synaptic physiology and plasticity as it relates to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, using human and rodent neurons. Current NIH and foundation-supported projects are directed at (1) Exploring synaptic interactions between endogenous cannabinoids and BDNF in the hippocampus and cerebral cortex during neuronal development, and (2) Investigating cellular and synaptic pathophysiology in human stem cell models of the autism- and epilepsy-related Angelman Syndrome and Dup15q syndrome.
Opportunities exist for training in human stem cell technology and experimental approaches including patch clamp recording, calcium imaging, multi-electrode array recordings, immunocytochemistry, and biochemical and molecular profiling using both rodent brain slices and human neurons derived from patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cell lines.
Candidates with a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related fields and prior experience with electrophysiology, imaging and/or cell culture are encouraged to apply. Please send a CV, names of three references, and a cover letter describing research interests to Dr. Eric Levine, email@example.com.
The Levine laboratory welcomes graduate students for research rotations and opportunities for conducting thesis research. The Neuroscience Graduate Program emphasizes an interdisciplinary approach to research with the goal of understanding the normal function and disorders of the nervous system. The interdepartmental program currently has 38 faculty and 19 predoctoral students, and encompasses experimental approaches spanning molecular and systems neuroscience, including areas of cellular, molecular, and developmental neurobiology; neuroanatomy, neurophysiology, neurochemistry, neuropharmacology, and neuropathology.
Prospective students should consult the Neuroscience Graduate Program website for further information.