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Development and Hormonal Regulation of Hippocampal Area CA2 Neurons

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Position Description:

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Serena Dudek at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH in Research Triangle Park, NC. We are interested in understanding how steroid hormones regulate hippocampal neuron gene expression & excitability and how such regulation may influence hippocampal development and behavior. We currently seek a postdoctoral fellow with training in electrophysiology or molecular biology to contribute to these investigations. The lab is an interdisciplinary environment that includes molecular biologists, cellular physiologists, and systems neuroscientists and uses a variety of approaches to study synaptic and developmental plasticity. Projects in the lab include determining how sex and stress through nuclear hormone receptors regulate hippocampal function at all stages of development, with a focus on hippocampal area CA2. Our long-term goal is to determine how early developmental events influence adult brain circuitry. The NIEHS has bioinformatics support and sequencing, imaging, viral vector, and rodent behavioral cores that together offer the successful candidate(s) a number of training opportunities while pursuing their research. The competitive stipends offered can be found at


PhD in neurobiology or related discipline and less than 4 years postdoctoral experience. We are looking for candidates with experience in whole-cell patch recordings in brain slices or transcriptional regulation, but any candidate with a strong record of accomplishment in neuroscience will be considered. Experience working on synaptic plasticity is a plus.

To Apply:

Qualified candidates should send a short statement of how their interests and research accomplishments fit within the interests in the lab, C.V., and contact information for 3 references to:
Serena M. Dudek, PhD
Neurobiology Laboratory
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

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