An NIH funded position is available to investigate the molecular genetics of secreted proteins that have been implicated in age-related macular degeneration (AMD) using the premier invertebrate model organism, C. elegans . AMD is a neurodegenerative retinal disease that is the leading cause of blindness among the elderly.
Specific investigations will identify interactions between secreted proteins and sensory neuron cell surfaces and the role these interactions play on sensory neuron structure and function. Techniques include forward and revers genetic screens, construction of transgenic animals, advancecd microscopy and a large variety of molecular techniques for genetic manipulations including CRISPR-Cas9 targeted mutagenesis.
Successful candidates will have, at a minimum, a recent Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Molecular Genetics or a highly related biomedical field, demonstration of success in publication and presentation, and familiarity or expertise in some of the techniques utilized by the lab. Experience with C. elegans as a model system is helpful but not essential.
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