University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in SALT LAKE CITY, Utah
*Post Doctoral fellowships to work on animal-based research into mechanotransduction in retinal glia. We plan to use electrophysiological, optical and molecular (including conditional KO mice) tools to understand the role of mechanosensitive ion channels in retinal glial biology, inflammation and glaucoma. These are a 2-4 year positions. *We will manipulate expression of TRPV4, Piezo and TREK-1 channels using molecular techniques, viral vectors and mouse genetics. Experience in electrophysiological techniques, specifically whole cell patch clamp is required, although experience in retinal neuroscience is NOT. The opportunity to learn molecular biological, biochemical and imaging approaches is available. *The Krizaj Laboratory is located at the Moran Eye Center, one of the premier vision research facilities in the country. We are a multidisciplinary group whose research includes both basic and applied topics, involving mechanosensing in the anterior eye, neurons and glia, with on-going collaborations within the University of Utah, nationally and internationally.