We are seeking a motivated graduate student with an interest in glial biology to work on an exciting project related to astrocyte ionotropic signaling and synaptic modulation. We have developed cutting-edge in vivo calcium imaging techniques to simultaneously monitor astrocyte and neuron activity and we will combine this with novel mouse models to probe astrocyte signaling in the tripartite synapse. There will be opportunities to learn animal handling, stereotaxic injection of AAVs, in vivo two-photon calcium microscopy, intrinsic optical imaging, histological techniques, behaviour testing, image analysis (with MATLAB), and statistics (with R). Please see our lab website for more information (www.stobartlab.com).
This work is funded by NSERC.
- Excellent academic standing
- Strong written and oral communication skills
- Good problem solving skills and the ability to think independently
- Related lab experience is preferred (but not mandatory)
Successful candidates will be admitted to the graduate program through the College of Pharmacy, where they are expected to complete some course work in addition to research experiments. All students will be paid a stipend to cover tuition and living expenses.
Please submit a letter with statement of research interests, CV including research experience, a copy of recent transcripts and contact details for 2 references by email.
Dr. Jill Stobart
College of Pharmacy
University of Manitoba
750 McDermot Ave.