VisionScienceList: NEI-funded Postdoc, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston

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Date: Fri Jun 29 2001 - 11:07:52 PDT

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    NEI funded Postdoctoral/Graduate Student Positions available immediately in
    Visual Neuroscience

    The project recognizes the fact that progress in the field of photoreceptor
    degeneration and the therapeutic intervention is limited by the need to know
    the identities of rescue factors and target genes in the photoreceptors.
    Photoreceptor degeneration can be triggered by a variety of genetic and
    environmental causes, but all forms appear to lead to photoreceptor
    apoptosis. Current therapeutic approaches focus on cytokines, however, none
    of which have been found to act directly on the photoreceptors themselves.
    This project aims to develop a database on retinal degeneration, using gene
    expression arrays. Tissue from mouse various retinal degeneration models,
    with and without photoreceptor rescue treatment with neurotrophic factors
    will be analyzed and correlation-based analysis will used to reveal common
    aspects of signaling both during retinal degeneration and neural protection.
    Understanding the molecular mechanisms of action of both of these events
    could lead to new therapeutic strategies for the treatment of photoreceptor

    Positions are available immediately at the Medical University of South
    Carolina in Charleston. Interested Graduate Students would obtain their
    degree through the Department of Physiology and Neuroscience. MUSC is close
    to the historic district of Charleston, a mid-size city full of charm,
    cultural events and water-related recreational opportunities; and the lab is
    part of both the newly established Physiology & Neuroscience Department as
    well as the Ophthalmology Department, offering close collaborations with
    both basic and clinical scientists.

    Candidates should have a strong background and interest in retinal biology
    and molecular biology. Interested individuals should send a letter stating
    their research interested and experience, a CV and names of three references

                                    Bärbel Rohrer, Ph.D.
                                    Storm Eye Institute
                                    Medical University of South Carolina
                                    Departments of Ophthalmology and Physiology & Neuroscience
                                    167 Ashley Ave, Rm 707
                                    Charleston, SC 29425

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