Mentor:  Dr. Laura Volpicelli-Daley, Associate Professor, Department of Neurology

Parkinson’s disease (PD) and Lewy body dementias (LBDs) impact over 2 million people in the U.S. These debilitating diseases greatly impair movement and cognition, and can cause depression and anxiety. These disorders also cause a major burden on caregivers. There are no treatments to stop the progression of these diseases and the treatments to alleviate the non-motor symptoms are limited.

PD and LBDs are characterized by neuronal inclusions composed mostly of α-synuclein that are found throughout the brain. Our goal is to prevent the formation of these α-synuclein inclusions. We are interested in how genes and proteins implicated in PD and LBD interact with α-synuclein to cause phenotypes associated with these diseases. We are also interested in determining how modulating the function of these genes prevents inclusion formation. We utilize a range of approaches from molecular biology, biochemistry, cell biology, to animal models and behavior.

A qualified applicant should have a PhD and laboratory experience in Neuroscience, Cell Biology and/or Biochemistry. Desirable skills include proficiency in oral and written communication, a strong work ethic, attention to detail, and ability to work as a member of a team.

Send a curriculum vitae, a letter stating research interest, and contact information for three references to: Dr. Laura Volpicelli-Daley
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Postdoc Awards and Benefits 

Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards.

The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.