Postdoctoral Fellow positions in Neuroscience at Georgia Institute of Technology

Georgia Institute of Technology
Atlanta, Georgia
salary will be commensurate with experience.
September 05 2017
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Full Time
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Postdoctoral Fellow positions with Dr. Liang Han in Neuroscience at Georgia Institute of Technology

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in Dr. Liang Han's laboratory at Georgia Institute of Technology School of Biology ( We use a combination of molecular genetic, immunohistochemical, fluorescence imaging and behavioral approaches to understand how the nervous system receives, transmits and interprets various stimuli to induce physiological and behavioral responses.

We are particularly interested in the basic mechanisms underlying somatosensation, including pain, itch and mechanical sensation. Our previous studies have identified the molecular identity of itch-sensing neurons in the peripheral. We are currently investigating how chronic itch associated with cutaneous or systemic disorders is initiated and transmitted and to search for new therapeutic targets for treating chronic itch conditions.

We are also interested in the physiological functions of the sensory innervations in the respiratory system. Chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are leading causes of illness and significant public health burdens. We are investigating how the sensory innervation in the airway contributes to the pathogenesis of respiratory diseases.

We are seeking motivated and enthusiastic individuals to join our group. The lab is committed to foster a collaborative environment and to promote creative scientific research and career development of every lab member. The candidate should have a PhD degree in biomedical science related fields. Previous experience in neuroscience and respiratory diseases is preferred.

Applicants should directly e-mail Dr. Liang Han at a single file that includes a statement of research interest, CV and names/contact information of three references.

Related publications:

  • McNeil B, Pundir P, Meeker S, Han L, Undem BJ, Kulka M, Dong X (2015). Identification of a mast cell specific receptor crucial for pseudo-allergic drug reactions. Nature. Mar 12;519(7542):237-41.
  • Han L*, Dong X* (2014). Itch mechanisms and circuits. Annu Rev Biophys. 43:331-55., *corresponding authors.
  • Han L, Ma C, Liu Q, Weng HJ, Cui Y, Tang Z, Kim Y, Nie H, Qu L, Patel KN, Li Z, McNeil B, He S, Guan Y, Xiao B, Lamotte RH, Dong X (2013). A subpopulation of nociceptors specifically linked to itch. Nat Neurosci 16, 174-182.
  • Kim Y, Chu Y, Han L, Li M, Li Z, LaVinka PC, Caterina MJ, Ren K, Dubner R, Wei F, Dong X (2014). Central terminal sensitization of TRPV1 by descending 5-HT facilitation is a key determinant of chronic pain, Neuron 81(4):873-87.