A post-doctoral fellowship is available in the laboratory of Prakash Kara. Funded by BRAIN Initiative grants from the NIH and NSF, the lab studies visual perception and neuro-vascular coupling in the mammalian neocortex. We use two-photon and three-photon imaging, optogenetics, and electrophysiological techniques. More specifically, we assay synaptic and spiking activity along with the responses of individual blood vessels to sensory stimuli and optogenetic activation. Additional information is available at www.karalab.org
Sample Publications from the Kara lab:
• O'Herron P, Chhatbar, PY, Levy M, Shen Z, Schramm AE, Lu Z and Kara P. (2016). Neural correlates of single-vessel hemodynamic responses in vivo. Nature 534, 378-382
• Shen, Z., Lu, Z., Chhatbar, P.Y., O'Herron, P., and Kara P. (2012). An artery-specific fluorescent dye for studying neurovascular coupling. Nature Methods 9, 273-276
• Kara, P., and Boyd, J.D. (2009). A micro-architecture for binocular disparity and ocular dominance in visual cortex. Nature 458, 627-631
The ideal postdoctoral candidate will have prior research experience in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, or physics. Proficiency in fluorescence microscopy and/or electrophysiological recording in vivo, and quantitative analytical skills is preferred. Candidates must be highly motivated, have good interpersonal and organizational skills, and be prepared to work within and across interactive laboratory environments. Salary will be commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines.
Please email (firstname.lastname@example.org) a curriculum vitae, the names of two references, and a brief statement of your overlapping research interests with the Kara lab.