Mentor: Michelle Gray, PhD, Associate Professor, Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics, Department of Neurology, Email: mccgray@uabmc.edu


Postdoctoral position in a Huntington disease –focused laboratory at the University of Alabama at Birmingham in the Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics to study astrocyte and interneuron interactions in the striatum.

The Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics in the Department of Neurology has a highly interactive research group. There is also an active Comprehensive Neuroscience Center with a Glial Biology Pillar.

The position requires a candidate with background working with mice with a focus on the nervous system; expertise in slice electrophysiology is required and interest in glial-neuronal interactions is preferred.

These studies will use a transgenic mouse model of Huntington disease. The experiments will examine the interaction of astrocytes and interneurons in the striatum to determine their contribution to Huntington’s disease pathogenesis.

Candidate must able to perform experiments with a substantial degree of independence. Must be able to work with mouse models, perform slice electrophysiology, basic molecular biology, and immunohistochemistry studies.

Please submit your application including curriculum vitae and list of references to Dr. Gray at mccgray@uabmc.edu.

Contact Dr. Gray at mccgray@uabmc.edu for questions and inquiries.

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UAB is committed to the development and success of outstanding postdoctoral scientists. Here at UAB, nearly 300 postdoctoral fellows are training currently in a variety of disciplines, including dentistry, engineering, health professions, medicine, natural sciences and mathematics, public health, optometry, and social and behavioral sciences. 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 may also have the right to participate in the university’s 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.