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- Due to the complexity and heterogeneity of ASD and lack of a proper human cellular model, animal models, either naturalistic, environmental, pharmacological or genetic, have traditionally been the preferred choice for investigating mechanisms underlying ASD. However, these models have several conceptual and practical limitations for studying human neurodevelopment. The recent advent of patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) has allowed researchers to circumvent these obstacles and efficiently complement animal models by establishing human iPSC lines, which capture both the primary genetic lesion and the genetic background of patients and are therefore particularly useful for disorders with complex etiology, where genetic causes are usually multiple and complex. In vitro induction of iPSCs derived from patients into various neuronal and glial cell types, in monolayer cultures or in organoids, provides a powerful new tool to study the cellular and molecular causes of human disorders and test therapeutic strategies in the cell types most affected in these diseases. The Seaver Center has several ongoing programs
aiming to model different complex neurogenetic disorders associated with ASD including Phelan- McDermid Syndrome, FOXP1 Syndrome and ADNP Syndrome, using iPSCs.
Duties and Responsibilities:
Specific responsibilities include:
• Performing and supervising iPSC reprogramming
• Creating genetically modified lines
• Differentiating iPSC in different types of neuronal cells
• Neuron phenotyping
• RNA sequencing experiments
• Collecting, analyzing, and reviewing experimental data for publication and presentation
• Leading new experiments and techniques when needed
• Supervising students and technicians in the lab.
• Perform other duties as required.
Performs other related duties.
Ph.D. or equivalent in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or a related discipline.
Experience in cellular neuroscience, cell culture, iPSC reprogramming and differentiation and/or cell transfection.
• Experience in gene expression manipulation including cell transfection, utilization of viruses, shRNAs, CRISP-Cas9 gene editing.
• Experience in standard molecular biology techniques
• Preferred applicants will have additional experience in single cell and multi-electrode array electrophysiology.
Computer and General Skills:
• Advanced knowledge of the Microsoft Office and Adobe suites
• Knowledge in R or other languages for statistical computing or graphics is a plus.
• Highly motivated.
• Strong communication and writing skills.
• Ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment.
• Strong organizational skills and analytic ability.