Post-doc position open to study neocortical representations for cold sensation. Somatosensory maps for pain and thermal sensation in the neocortex have been relatively unexplored but may play an important role in the genesis of central pain disorders. We have identified a novel area of the mouse somatosensory cortex that is specifically responsive to TrpM8-mediated stimulation in the periphery. This post-doctoral position will involve electrophysiological and behavioral analysis of neocortical neurons implicated in cool sensation, with attention to experience-dependent plasticity of these neural networks. Neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University belong to a rich and interactive scientific community that includes over 100 labs at Carnegie Mellon and also the University of Pittsburgh. Post-docs have the opportunity to participate in the Center for the Neural Basis of Cognition, a broad interest umbrella organization for neuroscience research in Pittsburgh, as well as the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Pain Research. Interested parties should contact Dr. Alison Barth in the department of Biological Sciences: email@example.com https://www.bio.cmu.edu/labs/barth/index.html
Experience in experimental neuroscience, synaptic plasticity, whole-cell patch clamp recordings or in vivo imaging and recording preferred. Experience in animal behavior useful but not required.
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