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Join our lab: 

Several positions for highly motivated postdoctoral associates are available in the laboratory of Dr. Yang Yang, Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, Purdue University.

The projects are funded by 5-year NIH R01, which involve the study of voltage-gated sodium channel Nav1.2, recently discovered as a top gene mutated in neurodevelopmental disorders (e.g., autism and epilepsy). We work on both mouse models and human induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (iPSCs) derived neuron, microglia, and brain organoids models. We use EEG recording, high-density in vivo Neuropixels recording, optogenetics, and DREADD, cultured cells and brain slice patch-clamp recordings, RNA-sequencing, as well as a variety of imaging technologies.

The successful applicant should have completed a PhD or MD in biology, neuroscience, pharmacology or a related field. While ideal candidates should have expertise in one of the following areas, we also appreciate candidates in other fields who are committed to learning new skills and want to bring their unique expertise to study epilepsy and autism in a multidisciplinary environment.

  1. Animal study with EEG or other in vivo recording system (e.g., Plexon, NeuroNexus, or silicon probes), and familiar with data analysis using MATLAB or python

  2. Molecular and cellular biology including the culture and study of iPSCs-derived neurons and organoids

  3. Patch-clamp recording of brain slices or cultured neurons

  4. Bulk, single-cell RNAseq or other multi-omics study of neurons and brain tissues.

  5. neural circuits, development, and plasticity


To apply, please send a current C.V. and statement of research interests to Dr. Yang Yang ( Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled. 

Purdue University is a top 10 public University in the US and top 100 in the world ranked by Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education. Purdue College of Pharmacy ranks No. 7 among all pharmacy programs in the U.S. Purdue University is in West Lafayette, Indiana, a beautiful and very safe college town with comfortable living. It is located within driving distances of two major cities (two-hour driving distance from Chicago and one hour away from Indianapolis).


(Position currently open, Nov. 2022)

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