Our research focuses on understanding the mechanisms underlying neuronal development, regeneration, and degeneration. We use a free-living tiny roundworm, called C. elegans, as a model. The defined cell lineage, completely mapped connectome and rapid life cycle of this organism greatly facilitate investigating the nervous system at the subcellular resolution. Using cutting edge laser axotomy, live imaging, and genetic and genome editing approaches, we address questions related to neurons and glia in development and aging. Our lab and Duke provide world-class training for postdoctoral fellows, and all previously postdoctoral fellows in the lab were able to launch their own labs (see detail in our website).
We currently have projects focusing on the following areas:
- neurodegeneration and regeneration
- neuronal and glial development
- gap junction regulation
The ideal candidate will have a solid background in developmental and molecular/cellular biology and a strong interest in neurobiology. Candidates must hold a PhD or MD or MD/PhD degree (or anticipating such a degree prior to starting the postdoc) and have prior publications.
Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual’s race, color, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, national origin, genetic information, veteran status, or disability. Competitive salary and excellent work environment is available at Duke University.
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