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Post-Doc Research Associate | The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill - Military Veterans

at HERC- Southeastern

Vacancy ID: PDS003629 Position Summary/Description: NIH -funded POSTDOCTORAL POSITION available at University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill to investigate the function of genes that regulate excitatory and inhibitory synapses in cortical circuits relevant to autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders. Projects focus on molecular mechanisms of the high confidence autism spectrum disorder gene ANKYRIN2 using novel mouse genetic models. Training will involve site directed mutagenesis to create human autism mutations in the Ankyrin2 gene, biochemical/cell biological analysis of protein-protein interactions, and advanced imaging methods. The successful applicants will have a Ph.D. and background in neuroscience and molecular/cell biology or biochemistry. The Maness laboratory focuses on defining novel mechanisms for establishing neuronal connectivity in the developing mammalian brain using molecular biology, protein biochemistry, and mouse models. A key focus of the lab is understanding the molecular mechanism by which Neural Cell Adhesion Molecules (CAMs) regulate dendritic spines and synapses during the adolescent to adult transition. Genes encoding Neuron-Glial related CAM (NrCAM), L1, and NCAM are linked to autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. These CAMs reversibly engage the spectrin-actin adaptor protein AnkyrinB, which encoded by the autism-linked Ank2 gene but the function of this interaction remains to be elucidated. We also have a project on endocannabinoid signaling for regulation of inhibitory synapse number in the prefrontal cortex. Identification of the molecular action of CAMs and Ankyrin in developing cortical circuits is a high priority focus of NIH in understanding normal and pathological brain development. The applicant will study with Dr. Patricia Maness ( DNA mutagenesis, microscopy), and interacting UNC faculty Dr. Paul Manis (electrophysiology), Dr. Pablo Ariel (spinning disc confocal microscopy), and Dr. Sheryl Moy (Mouse Behavioral Core) to acquire specialized training in state-of-the-art techniques and to attain project goals. The Maness laboratory in the Biochemistry Department is in the Genetic Medicine Building of the UNC School of Medicine, with access to outstanding core facilities in the UNC Neuroscience Research Center and Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities. Our environment offers a rich venue for training in developmental neuroscience, and many opportunities for collaboration and personal enrichment. Education and Experience: N/A

Chapel Hill, NC

HERC- Southeastern

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