POSTDOCTORAL POSITION OPEN

A position is available for a talented and motivated Ph.D. with interests in development of mammalian sensory pathways.  This NSF-funded project concerns the role of sensory experience, BDNF signaling, and synaptic plasticity in the development, plasticity, and adult maintenance of central visual circuitry.  Experience with in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology/pharmacology, gene and protein expression assays, and/or expertise in molecular approaches to studies of neural circuitry is necessary.

The successful candidate would be joining a highly interactive and dynamic group of more than 60 neuroscience faculty in the Neuroscience Institute at Georgia State University in Atlanta, Georgia.  State- and business-funded support of higher education in Georgia has provided state-of-the-art equipment and facilities.  The Georgia State/Georgia Tech/Morehouse Med/Emory University research community offers many opportunities for collaborative neuroscience research.  In addition, we have several inter-departmental and inter-institutional research centers that focus on neuroscience research.  See http://neuroscience.gsu.edu/ for details.  Atlanta, a key player in the civil rights movement and the site of the 1996 Olympics, is a vibrant, cosmopolitan city with excellent cultural and recreational opportunities.

We are dedicated to increasing the diversity of researchers working in neuroscience.  Candidates from demographic groups that are underrepresented in this field are especially encouraged to apply.  Trainees will be supported and mentored to become independent investigators.  Salary and benefits are competitive.  Interested candidates should send a cover letter, c.v., and names of three references to Professor S.L. Pallas, Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, P.O. Box 5030, Atlanta, GA 30302, fax: 404-413-5446, email: spallas@gsu.edu.  The lab webpage is located at: http://sites.gsu.edu/spallas/

Georgia State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and does not discriminate against applicants due to race, ethnicity, gender,  veteran status, or on the basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected status.

Suman Balasubramanian joins the Pallas Lab

Suman earned her M.S. degree in Medical Neurosciences at Humboldt University in Berlin after completing a B.S. in Microbiology in India.  She worked as a research student in the lab of Johannes Vogt at the Charite’ Medical University in Berlin until 2010, after which she moved to the U.S. for family reasons.  She has several publications out with more to come.  We are fortunate to have someone with her broad skill set in the Pallas Lab.

GFP-labeled cortical neurons

We are employing various strains of transgenic mice that have Green Fluorescent Protein (GFP) expression coupled to expression of particular molecules of interest.  This will allow us to identify particular classes of neurons that are part of sensory pathways in the brain.

Pallas Lab awarded NSF grant!

Chilean Degus

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The project, titled “Influences of ecological niche on mechanisms of visual pathway maturation”, will be awarded $1 million over 4 years.  Our goals are to determine whether the evolutionary history and ecological niche occupied by a species predicts the extent to which visual experience is required for the development of visual pathways in the brain.  We will examine several rodent species, including the diurnal Chilean degu, that differ with respect to circadian activity pattern and the degree to which vision is important for behavior.

Parag Juvale joins the lab!

Parag is a 2nd year M.S. student in the Biology department.  His background is in the use of natural compounds to fight cancer.  His experience with Western blotting will be of great benefit to our progress.  He will be working on signaling molecules that are important both for axon guidance during brain development, and for vascularization of growing tumors.