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.
A funded position is available for a talented and motivated Ph.D. with interests in developmental or sensory neuroscience. The goal of our research is to understand the mechanisms underlying the development, plasticity, and maintenance of central visual system circuitry in mammals. This project concerns the role of sensory experience, BDNF signaling, and synaptic plasticity in the development and 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 desirable.
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 neuroscience researchers. Candidates from demographic groups that are underrepresented in this field are especially encouraged to apply. Trainees will be supported and mentored to independence. Interested candidates should send a cover letter, c.v., and names of three references to Professor S.L. Pallas, Neuroscience Institute, Georgia State University, Atlanta, GA 30303, fax: 404-413-5446, email: email@example.com. The lab webpage is located at: http://sites.gsu.edu/spallas/