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- Dr. Harony-Nicolas’s lab investigates neural and molecular mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on (1) studying the effect of ASD-associated mutations on brain systems and neural circuits of social behavior with a focus on the oxytocin system (2) assessing the effect of novel or FDA approved therapeutics using behavioral and neural activity outcome measures, and (3) improving drug delivery to the brain using cutting edge technologies. Dr. Harony-Nicolas’s lab uses transgenic ASD rat models and applies behavioral and molecular neuroscience approaches, fiber photometry and brain microdialysis techniques, genome wide transcriptional analysis, and cutting-edge chemo-genetic tools to dissect molecular pathways and neural circuits affected in ASD and other neurodevelopmental disorders.
Duties and Responsibilities:
• Performing viral injections to trace, activate, and/or inhibit specific neural population in the rat brain.
• Recording neural activity, using the fiber photometry technique in behaving rats.
• Carrying out brain micro dialysis in behaving rats.
• Carrying out routine and standardized experiments using molecular neuroscience techniques.
Postdocs are also expected to lead new experiments and techniques when needed, and will be responsible for collecting, analyzing, and reviewing experimental data for publication and presentation. Postdoc will have the responsibility of supervising students and technicians in the lab.
This is a 2-years position, renewable for up to 5 years. The position is available staring September 2019, yet the start date is flexible. Application review will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. To apply, please email your application to Dr. Hala Harony-Nicolas (Hala.Harony-Nicolas@mssm.edu). Application should include the following: a) A cover letter that states start date availability as well as specific expertise; b) CV; c) 2-3 representative publications; and 4) contact information of three reference.
Ph.D. or equivalent in Neuroscience, Neurobiology or a related discipline.
Experience in molecular and behavioral neuroscience approaches and preferred applicants will have experience in stereotaxic surgeries, brain viral injections, and experience with fiber photometry and/or brain microdialysis. Knowledge in R or other languages for statistical computing or graphics is a plus.
Computer and General Skills:
Be highly motivated, have writing and oral communication skills, have good organizational and analytic skills, and have the ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment.
SCR/SEL certification needed : NO.