Graduate student(s) with Dr. Anastassia Voronova: Molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental disorders

One of the fundamental questions in neurobiology focuses on how neural stem cells build the brain. In my lab, we use animal and primary cell culture models as well as cellular and molecular techniques to answer how neural stem cells in the developing and postnatal brain are regulated by: 1) interactions with neighboring cells, such as neurons, and 2) autism-risk epigenetic genes. We are also investigating how ASD risk epigenetic genes affect the development of the head (neural cranium), which is often perturbed in ASD. Our goal is to use the lessons learned from normal brain development to design novel therapies for neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders. Several projects are available for potential graduate student(s) depending on experience and interest. Graduate student(s) will learn the following techniques: transgenic animals, in utero electroporation (live animal surgery), primary cell culture, qPCR, immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy.Students with an interest in neuroscience, developmental and stem cell biology are encouraged to apply.

Please inquire via E-mail (voronova@ualberta.ca) with your transcript (unofficial is suitable) and a CV with the names of at least two academic referees.

Only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted.