A postdoctoral position is available immediately at Albany Medical College in the laboratory of Dr. Kristen Zuloaga to study the molecular mechanisms underlying vascular contributions to dementia. Studies will also examine sex differences in these mechanisms and how they are altered in the presence of vascular risk factors, such as diabetes. Our studies utilize a variety of approaches, including molecular biology (qPCR, Western blot, ELISA, primary cell transfection), primary cell culture (neural stem cells, neurons, and endothelial cells), immunohistochemistry, cognitive behavioral testing, in vivo cerebral blood flow measurements, mouse models of dementia including Alzheimer’s disease (3xTg-AD mice) and vascular cognitive impairment (unilateral carotid artery occlusion model), and mouse models of prediabetes and type 2 diabetes (chronic high fat diet).
Our research group values open communication, motivation, optimism, mutual respect, team work, and innovative thinking. Dr. Zuloaga is highly committed to individualized mentoring plans to help trainees achieve the scientific career they desire. At a minimum, the training environment will include: one-on-one meetings, group lab meetings, neuroscience seminars, journal clubs, opportunities to present your work at national and international scientific conferences, and manuscript preparation for publication in high quality journals. In addition, Dr. Zuloaga has a strong funding record and will personally provide mentorship for postdoctoral fellowship and/or K99 or Scientist Development grant applications when desired by the applicant. Opportunities for community outreach include the annual Brain Bee and Brain Awareness Week activities.
About Dr. Zuloaga and AMC:
Dr. Zuloaga is the newest member to the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (DNET) at Albany Medical College. She has received external funding at every stage of her career including pre-doctoral (AHA, American Heart Association and Sarver Heart Center), postdoctoral (awarded by NIH, AHA and Collin’s Medical Trust), and her current AHA Scientist Development Grant. The DNET program is rapidly expanding with several new faculty members being recruited for 2017, each with a focus on promoting translational research. DNET is an integral part of a large and active neuroscience community in Albany, which includes SUNY Albany, Wadsworth Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Neural Stem Cell Institute.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Physiology, or related discipline, should be highly motivated, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Excellent oral and written skills and a positive attitude are required. Molecular biology expertise and/or a background in dementia, vascular physiology or neuroendocrinology would be beneficial. Successful candidates will possess a strong track record of publication in high quality journals in their field.
Applications for the position should include CV, contact information for three professional references, and a cover letter describing major achievements, technical skills, and how you see your research interests fitting within the scope of our research program. Please send the application material to Dr. Kristen Zuloaga, firstname.lastname@example.org.