University of Maryland School of Medicine Department of Anesthesiology and the Center for Shock, Trauma, and Anesthesiology Research, Baltimore, MarylandPosition Description:
The primary role played by this postdoctoral fellow position is to determine how secondary insults after traumatic brain injury (TBI) not only worsen cognition and motor activity but also increase damage to other vital organs such as lung and gut. The main secondary injury we study is simulated flight, focusing on the substantial reduction in barometric pressure that occurs in aircraft cabins during aeromedical transport. The postdoctoral fellow will also train students and other staff to use microscopy with stereological quantification techniques. The research team utilizes both rat and ferret models of brain impact and blast-induced acceleration alone or in combination with hemorrhagic shock.
Applicants must have a PhD or MD with 2-4 years of neuroscience research using quantitative neuropathology and immunohistochemistry. Extensive experience using quantitative light microscopy is required. Additional experience with lab techniques such as qPCR, immunoblots, and magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy is welcome. Experience with small animal behavior assays is also helpful.
The lab group consists of Dr. Gary Fiskum, Professor, two junior faculty, a postdoctoral fellow, a Laboratory Manager, and several Research Assistants and Specialists. Dr. Fiskum has over 35 years of experience in biochemical-based research directed primarily at ischemic and traumatic brain injury with emphasis on altered energy metabolism, neuroinflammation, and oxidative stress.
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