The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to engage in ongoing studies related to neuron-glia communication, synaptic transmission, and neural circuit development in the central nervous system. We are particularly interested in elucidating the cellular mechanisms underlying neurons and oligodendrocytes (OLs) bi-directional communication. Our recent study demonstrates a novel excitable OL: A subpopulation of OLs that conducts functional Nav1.2 currents sufficient to evoke APs and the downregulation of spiking in these excitable OLs impairs myelination in the rat auditory brainstem (Berret et al., 2017, Nat. Communi.). The primary goal of the project is to investigate Nav1.2-expressing excitable OLs and their novel functions in activity-dependent myelination and social behaviors. Unveiling a novel mechanism of activity-dependent myelination is an essential step for understanding the underlying mechanisms of autism and developing efficient therapeutic strategies. We have a highly interactive and dynamic research environment, and encourage collaborations with colleagues across disciplines.Applicants with a Ph.D. and demonstrated record of high quality publications, excellent written and communication skills and ability to design and perform research in an independent manner should apply. Experience in electrophysiology, live cell imaging, and behavioral tests would be most suitable for our many ongoing projects.
Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; starting at NIH pay scale. Additional information regarding our laboratory and scientific interests are at https://physiology.uthscsa.edu/teammember/jun-hee-kim-ph-d/ and our Department and the UT Health San Antonio at physiology.uthscsa.edu
To apply, email a single pdf file with a cover letter stating career goals, CV with publications, a description of research experience and detailed contact information for three references to:
Jun Hee Kim, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
UT Health San Antonio 78229