Postdoctoral positions to study mitochondrial dysfunction and neurometabolic axon/glia interactions in ALS and other neurodegenerative disorders.
We invite highly motivated candidates to apply for positions as postdoctoral fellows in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Milbrandt in the Department of Genetics at Washington University in St. Louis. Our primary goal is to unravel the mechanism of axon degeneration and its role in neurodegenerative disease. Many of our projects are pursued collaboratively with the Aaron DiAntonio lab and focus on how defects in NAD homeostasis alter disease progression in peripheral neuropathy, ALS and retinal degenerative disorders. One set of studies is aimed at determining how the NADase activity of the TIR domain protein SARM1 is regulated and how its activity influences downstream signaling pathways that control axon maintenance. Another area of interest focuses on motor neuron abnormalities that occur in ALS and in peripheral neuropathy. In particular, we are interested in the unique metabolic vulnerability of motor axons and how metabolic deficits and mitochondrial dysfunction in Schwann cells contribute to motor neuron diseases. We are also pursuing studies to define the cellular composition of peripheral nerves, particularly the microglial-like cells that contribute to nerve homeostasis as well as disease progression. These projects utilize a wide breadth of technologies from single cell sequencing to mass spectrometry to high throughput, quantitative imaging. In addition, we use human genetics, AAV viral therapies, and disease models, including mutant mice and iPSC-derived neurons to further understand neurodegenerative processes. These projects are funded by multiple grants from the NIH.
Full-time positions are available immediately and are funded for up to three years, with the possibility of extension. Information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs.
Washington University School of Medicine (WUSM) has a rich history of success in research, education and patient care, earning it a reputation as one of the premier medical schools in the world. The University is internationally known for studies in genetics and neuroscience.
Ph.D. or MD/Ph.D. in biological sciences or related fields.
Experience in molecular biology, neuroscience or genomics.
Good communication skills.
Must be able to visit St. Louis for potential interviews.
Base pay commensurate with experience
Applicant Special Instructions
To apply for this position, applicants should email a single PDF file consisting of a letter of interest and CV, and should arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Jeff Milbrandt at email@example.com.
All external candidates receiving an offer for employment will be required to submit to pre-employment screening for this position. The screenings will include criminal background check and, as applicable for the position, other background checks, drug screen, an employment and education or licensure/certification verification, physical examination, certain vaccinations and/or governmental registry checks. All offers are contingent upon successful completion of required screening.
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