Our research aims to restore sight to the blind using regenerative approaches. We seek a candidate that is highly motivated, bright and creative to join our group and to help further characterize mechanisms underlying retina regeneration in zebrafish and mice. We are using RNAseq, CRISPR/Cas9, transgenic and other molecular and cellular approaches to identify the mechanisms by which zebrafish regenerate a damaged retina. Signal transduction pathways and gene expression programs that drive retina regeneration in fish will be discovered and characterized. Factors stimulating retina regeneration in fish will be applied to mice to determine if retina regeneration can be stimulated in a mammalian model. The candidate will be expected to work independently and in teams; design and implement new research strategies; collect and analyze data; and write research manuscripts for publication.
Bachelor’s degree in neuroscience or related biological discipline required. Master’s Degree or Doctoral Degree preferred. 4-5 years of research experience in a related field. Publications demonstrating research experience and productivity. Proficient in the techniques of molecular and cellular biology. Experience working with mouse and/or fish animal models. Previous research studying neural development, retina, regeneration, and/or stem cells.
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