[visionlist] Postdoctoral Fellowship in retinal neurobiology at the University of Washington

An NIH funded postdoctoral position in
retinal neurobiology is available immediately at the University of Washington
in the laboratory of Dennis Dacey. Projects in the lab are currently focused on
the distinctive retinal cell types and circuits of the primate fovea and the
role this circuitry plays in form, color and motion processing. Voltage clamp
and pharmacological methods are being applied to characterize rod and cone
signal pathways and the role that inhibitory circuits and excitatory glutamate
receptor types play in the visual physiology of ganglion cells.  A new
initiative includes the application of two-photon calcium imaging to explore
how cone signals are integrated at the dendritic trees of single color-coding
ganglion cells and how spatial and color signals are represented by the
activity of ganglion cell populations. In a complimentary anatomical project
serial “block-face†electron microscopic reconstruction methods – connectomics
– are being used to characterize novel aspects of circuitry in the fovea with
the goal of building biologically realistic receptive field models. Collaborators
include Qasim Zaidi, SUNY Optometry (human color vision and motion processing),
Rachel Wong, Biological Structure, Univ Washington (connectomics) and Peter
Detwiler, Physiology and Biophysics, Univ Washington (2-photon calcium
imaging). The University of Washington, located in Seattle, is home to a large
and diverse research community working broadly in vision science at the
molecular, systems and behavioral levels and provides a rich environment for
training in the neurobiology of vision. Candidates with a background in vision
science and/or biophysics who would like to gain expertise in retinal electrophysiology
and/or connectomics and work with the primate retina are encouraged to apply.
Interested applicants should send CV and the names and contact information for
supporting references to dmd@uw.edu.
Please include a cover letter outlining your current activities, research
experience and training goals. Informal preliminary enquiries via email are
also welcome.

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