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National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

Work encompasses Cell lineage, Neuronal Migration, Axonal Targeting, Craniofacial development and Understanding mutations identified in patients with Kallmann Syndrome. Projects focus on migration of GnRH cells, development of olfactory ensheathing cells and olfactory axon outgrowth during development of the craniofacial region. Current projects examine: 1) lineage of the GnRH cells, 2) axon targeting, 3) biology of genes identified in patients with delayed puberty and anosmia, and 4) development of the craniofacial region. Candidates with experience in mouse development, molecular and imaging techniques preferred but not mandatory.

Recent work:
  • Saglam A, Calof AC, Wray S. A Novel Factor in Olfactory Ensheathing Cell-Astrocyte Crosstalk: Anti-Inflammatory Protein α-Crystallin B. Glia, 2020.
  • Shan, Y. Farmer, SM, Wray, S. Drebrin Regulates Cytoskeleton Dynamics in Migrating Neurons through Interaction with CXCR4. PNAS, 2021.


The successful candidate must have an Ph.D., M.D. or D.O. degree or equivalent, and relevant training in Neurobiology, Neuroendocrinology, Molecular biology, or Developmental biology. The candidate must be less than 2 years out from obtaining their Ph.D. Descriptions of the projects performed in research areas are indicated above.

To Apply:

Interested applicants should email Dr. Susan Wray ( an updated C.V. and cover letter. The position is available now and will remain open until filled.


This post will be available until May 10, 2021 or until filled.

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