Postdoc Fellow - Single Neuron Transcriptomics and Brain Regulation of Hunger

Boston, Massachusetts (US), BIDMC and Harvard Medical School
NIH Postdoc Payscale
June 21 2018
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Full Time
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Position:  Postdoc Fellow – Single Neuron Transcriptomics and Brain Regulation of Hunger

Topic:  Single neuron transcriptomic analyses of brain regions regulating hunger, other homeostatic motivational drives, and physiology.

Laboratory:   Bradford B. Lowell MD, PhD, Professor of Medicine, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts.   Lab website:

Candidates must have PhD, MD, or MD/PhD degrees.  Ideal candidates will have experience with RNA-seq, facility with statistics and analyses of big data sets, and be interested in neural circuits controlling homeostatic motivational drives and physiology.  Basic programming experience, though not strictly required, is preferred.

The Postdoc will work with a highly collaborative team that has state-of-the-art expertise in single neuron and nuclei transcriptomics (Drop-seq, sNuc-seq, etc.), bioinformatic analysis of single cell datasets to determine a “parts list” for each brain site (see Campbell JN, et al., Nat Neurosci, 2017), rapid CRISPR/Cas9-mediated generation of recombinase driver mice to provide experimental access to newly discovered “parts” (i.e. neurons), and finally state-of-the-art expertise in systems neuroscience including:  1) analysis of neural circuitry in mice, 2) manipulation of neural activity, in vivo, using optical and/or chemogenetic approaches, 3) monitoring of neural activity in vivo with Ca2+-based imaging and/or optetrode technologies, 4) brain slice electrophysiology, and 5) advanced viral technologies for circuit mapping, manipulation of gene expression and/or for altering neuronal activity.

Recent publications from our collaborative research group:

Campbell JN, Macosko EZ, Fenselau H, Pers TH, Lyubetskaya A, Tenen D, Goldman M, Verstegen AM, Resch JM, McCarroll SA, Rosen ED**, Lowell BB**, Tsai LT**.  A molecular census of arcuate hypothalamus and median eminence cell types.  Nat Neurosci 20:  484-496, 2017.

Livneh Y, Ramesh RN, Burgess CR, Levandowski KM, Madara JC, Fenselau H, Goldy GJ, Diaz VE, Jikomes N, Resch JM, Lowell BB**, Andermann ML**.  Homeostatic circuits selectively gate food cue responses in insular cortex.  Nature 546:  611-616, 2017

Fenselau H, Campbell JN, Verstegen AMJ, Madara JC, Xu J, Shah BP, Resch JM, Yang Z, Mandelblat-Cerf Y, Livneh Y and Lowell BB.  A rapidly-acting glutamatergic ARCàPVH satiety circuit postsynaptically regulated by a-MSH.  Nat Neurosci 20:  42-51, 2017.

Resch JM, Fenselau H, Madara JC*, Wu C, Campbell JN, Lyubetskaya A, Dawes BA, Tsai LT, Li MM, Livneh Y, Ke Q, Kang PM, Fejes-Tóth G, Náray-Fejes-Tóth A, Geerling JC**, Lowell BB**.  Aldosterone-sensing neurons in the NTS exhibit state-dependent pacemaker activity and drive sodium appetite via synergy with angiotensin II signaling.  Neuron 96, 190–206, 2017.

Mandelblat-Cerf Y, Kim A, Subramanian S, Burgess CR, Tannous BA, Lowell BB**, Andermann ML**.  Bidirectional anticipation of future osmotic challenges by vasopressin neurons.  Neuron 93:  57-65, 2017

Garfield AS**, Shah BP, Burgess CR, Li MM, Li C, Steger JS, Madara JC, Campbell JN, Kroeger D, Scammell TE, Tannous BA, Myers Jr MG, Andermann**, Krashes MJ**, Lowell BB**.  Dynamic GABAergic afferent modulation of AgRP neurons.  Nat Neurosci 19:  1628-1635, 2016.

Kong D, Dagon Y, Campbell JN, Guo Y, Yang Z, Yi X, Aryal P, Wellenstein K, Kahn BB**, Sabatini BL**, Lowell BB**.  A postsynaptic AMPKàp21-activated kinase pathway drives fasting-induced synaptic plasticity in AgRP neurons.  Neuron 91:  25-33, 2016.

Garfield AS, Li C, Madara JC, Shah BP, Webber E, Steger JS, Campbell JN, Gavrilova O, Lee CE, Olson DP, Elmquist JK, Tannous BA, Krashes MJ**, Lowell BB**.  A neural basis for melanocortin-4 receptor regulated appetite.  Nat Neurosci 18:  863-71, 2015.

Mandelblat-Cerf Y, Ramesh RN, Burgess CR, Patella P, Yang Z, Lowell BB, Andermann ML.  AgRP and putative POMC neurons show opposite changes in spiking across multiple timescales. eLife. 2015;4.

Krashes MJ, Shah BP, Madara JC, Olson DP, Strochlic DE, Garfield AS, Vong L, Pei H, Watabe-Uchida M, Uchida N, Liberles SD, Lowell BB.  An excitatory paraventricular nucleus to AgRP neuron circuit that drives hunger.  Nature  507:  238-42, 2014.

Letters of application and CVs should be emailed to:

Bradford B. Lowell, MD, PhD  -

Professor of Medicine,  Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Harvard Medical School

Harvard Medical School and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center are Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employers.  Women and minorities are particularly encouraged to

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