A postgraduate position is available in Dr. William Cafferty’s laboratory in the Neurology department at the Yale School of Medicine to investigate the molecular mechanisms that underlie spontaneous recovery of function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Despite the absence of long distance axon regeneration of axotomized central nervous system (CNS) neurons, a degree of spontaneous functional recovery is observed after SCI that is titrated by the level and extent of the injury. Plasticity of intact spinal and supra-spinal circuits are thought to mediate functional recovery, however the anatomical pathways and molecular machinery that is engaged to promote functional plasticity remain unknown. To elucidate these pathways, the Cafferty lab uses in vivo rodent SCI models, behavioral testing, chronic in vivo two photon structural and calcium imaging in brain and spinal cord, optogenetics, chemogenetics, cell biology and functional genomics. Individuals with Bachelors or Masters degrees who plan to attend graduate school are encouraged to apply. Successful applicants will be expected to be highly motivated and willing to work hard to solve scientific problems. Prior experience in neuroscience or molecular genetics is preferred, but not mandatory.
To apply, please email a current CV and contact information for 2 referees to email@example.com titled ‘Cafferty lab Postgraduate associate position’.
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