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Postdoctoral Positions in Neurotrauma

  • Description: NIH-funded positions (2-3 positions) are available immediately to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms of neurological dysfunction following spinal cord injury (SCI) and traumatic brain injury (TBI), with the ultimate goal of developing potentially therapeutic strategies. Specifically, we focus on: (1) Demonstrating the function and the mechanisms of autophagy-lysosomal pathway in SCI. (2) Elucidating molecular mechanisms responsible for SCI-induced brain neuroinflammation and neurodegeneration. (3) Investigating the role of plasma and tissue extracellular vesicles (EVs) in secondary injury after CNS trauma. (4) Examining the function and mechanism of voltage-gated proton channels Hv1 on neuroinflammation and neuropathic pain after experimental SCI and TBI. (5) Elucidating the inflammatory mechanisms underlying olfactory dysfunction in TBI model and its correlation with late-onset dementia-related pathology.

    Multidisciplinary approaches include rodent models of SCI and TBI, diverse behavioral evaluation, characterization of EVs, quantitative image analysis, as well as molecular and cellular biology.

    Additional information about our projects is available at: 

  • Job Requirements: Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Molecular/Cell Biology, Immunology, or a related field, and a record of publication success. Experience with flow cytometry, primary CNS cell culture, adult CNS cell isolation, and animal models of SCI and TBI (mouse and rat) is preferred. Candidates should be highly motivated and independent with the ability to work in a dynamic team environment. They should have exceptional organizational skills and strong oral and written communications skills.

    Please send a letter of interest, your contact information, CV, and the names and email addresses of 2-3 references to Dr. Junfang Wu (


Lab technician Position (spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research)

  • Lab technician position to support spinal cord injury and traumatic brain injury research. Requirements but not limited: Genotyping, general histology, SCI animal care, animal perfusion, brain, and spinal cord tissue sectioning, cell culture, qPCR.

 For all positions please email Dr. Junfang Wu at