Through an institutional NIH funded program “Neurobehavior, Neuropathology, and Risk Factors in Alzheimer's Disease” the post doctoral researcher with an interest in the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases will join the Raskind laboratory on an ongoing study of 1) the role of (H+) vacuolar ATPase in parkinsonian diseases (Hum Mol Genet 2013 22:3259-68) or 2) microglia-specific genetic risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease (JAMA Neurol 2015 72:920-7). These multifaceted research endeavors offer the opportunity for mentored experiences in neurobiology, immunology, molecular genetics and stem cell biology, depending on the needs of the project.
Dr. Wendy Raskind, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medical Genetics and Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences. Molecular biologist Dr. Olena Korvatska, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Our group has identified the genes and mutations responsible for multiple diseases and then developed cellular and animal models to investigate the effects of mutations on protein function and disease pathogenesis. We collaborate broadly both within and outside of the University of Washington.
The postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to attend and participate in journal clubs and seminar series. The University of Washington is an outstanding environment with great breadth and depth of scientific expertise and a commitment to preparing trainees for careers in academics and/or industry.