A Postdoctoral position is available in the Levine laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine in Farmington, CT. Our research is focused on synaptic physiology and plasticity in the forebrain, especially as it relates to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Current NIH-supported projects are directed at (1) understanding synaptic interactions between endogenous cannabinoids and BDNF and signaling in the cerebral cortex, and (2) exploring synaptic function and neuronal plasticity in human stem cell models of autism and Angelman Syndrome to identify physiological deficits related to disease phenotype.
Experimental approaches include single and dual cell patch clamp recordings, intracellular calcium imaging, immunocytochemistry, in utero electroporation, and modulation of gene expression, using rodent brain slices and cultured human neurons derived from induced pluripotent stem cells.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.