Seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral scholar position in the department of neurology, University of Iowa, in the laboratory of Dr. Georgina Aldridge. The primary research goal of this laboratory is to understand mechanisms by which dementia with Lewy Body (a Parkinson's disorder), affects the brain, leading to diverse and devastating symptoms.
Dr. Georgina Aldridge is an Assistant Professor and cognitive neurologist in the Department of Neurology working on mouse models of Dementia with Lewy Bodies. The main methods in the lab involve 2-photon imaging of awake behaving mice using cranial windows. We track the effect of alpha-synuclein on cortical cells by evaluating calcium dynamics and neuronal firing (using gCAMP indicators), as well as structural changes in dendritic spines and axons (using structural imaging). We focus on prefrontal cortex and other regions thought to be affected in these patients.
The Aldridge Lab is part of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neurology. It is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical discovery building. Dr. Aldridge is committed to the development of trainees. Although this is a new laboratory, the open laboratory space is massively collaborative; the Aldridge Lab maintains strong ties with several senior laboratories and there are ample professional development resources.
Please include a CV as well as cover letter/letter of interest that includes one paragraph describing past work and one paragraph describing your interest in the research areas of the Aldridge Laboratory. Funding is available for 2 years and a 2-year commitment is preferred. The successful candidate will be required to compete for national grants.
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.