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Funded Research Projects

NeuroEngineering | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Sergey Stavisky
A top priority for people with paralysis is reach and grasp ability. Technologies such as robotic arm prostheses or electrically stimulating paralyzed muscles can meet this need. Existing methods rely on the remaining muscles, are unintuitive and require laborious sequences of simple commands....
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Erin Gray
Understanding how glia regulate the expression and/or post-translational modification of sodium ion channels may lead to the identification of new pharmaceutical targets for the treatment of pain.
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Rabindra Shivnaraine
G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) are proteins that exist within the cell membrane and act to transfer the information encoded within neurotransmitters and drugs into cell responses. GPCRs exist throughout the body in several systems including the nervous system.
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Laura Marquardt
Spinal cord injury (SCI) is a debilitating condition that affects young adults between the ages of 16 and 30, which leads to lifelong medical and financial burdens. SCI still results in a decreased quality-of-life and lower life expectancy for patients. This is due in part to the lack of a...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Boxuan Zhao
Our ability to remember makes us human, and is essential for advanced cognition – for acquiring new skills, and for integrating previous experiences into future decision-making. While long-term memory (LTM) formation requires new gene expression, we lack a detailed and comprehensive understanding...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Corianne van den Akker
Ion channels in the membranes of neuronal cells are the key regulators of neuronal signaling. An ion channel works as a gate that can open and close to allow specific molecules to enter or leave the cell. One important type of ion channels are voltage-gated sodium channels (NaVs), which are...
NeuroHealth | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Zoi (Zoe) Samara
    More than 60 million people in the United States currently suffer from a serious mental illness, and the associated financial, productivity and human suffering costs are only projected to rise in the near future. Patients who suffer from serious mental disorders, such as depression,...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Mariapaola Sidoli
Cyclic adenosine monophosphate (cAMP) is an important intracellular messenger that plays a critical role in the development of the central and peripheral nervous system. However, the mechanisms of action of cAMP in the nervous system development are poorly understood and there are currently no...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Kyle Brewer
One in three people will develop Alzheimer’s disease or another dementia during their lifetime, but effective treatment still does not exist despite intense efforts. Recently, blood from young mice has been found to rejuvenate several tissues of old mice, including the brain. By using transfusions...
NeuroDiscovery | Postdoctoral Fellowship
Lead Researcher(s): Hongjie Li
Precise neural circuit assembly is critical for appropriate function of the nervous system. A functional circuit requires proper targeting and matching of axons and dendrites of pre- and post-synaptic neurons. However, our understanding of the mechanisms that establish wiring specificity of complex...

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