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Postdocotral Associate

Job Description

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Xiangming Zha in the Division of Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Sciences in the School of Pharmacy at the University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC). The Zha lab investigates neuronal signaling in the brain, focusing on neuronal injury, brain ischemia, blood-brain barrier, and vascular cognitive impairment. The current research emphasis is on the contribution from acid-sensitive GPCRs (specifically GPR68 in neurons and GPR4 in cerebral endothelium; both projects supported by R01 grants) and acid-sensing ion channels (in neurons) to these processes. For more information on the lab, visit

We are looking for highly motivated postdoctoral fellow in neuroscience. The candidate should have a recent PhD in neuroscience or related field, with previous experience in either cerebrovascular or dementia research. Desirable bench experience includes cell and tissue culture, Western blot, PCR, RT-quantitative PCR, confocal imaging, electrophysiology, stereotaxic technique, mouse stroke surgery, rodent dementia models, rodent behavioral analysis, and management of transgenic and knockout mouse strains.

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