Postdoctoral Fellow, Mechanisms and Therapies of Alzheimer’s Disease & Related Dementias

Atlanta, Georgia
Commensurate with experience, NIH NRSA scale
April 16 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Fellowships available to study mechanisms and therapeutic strategies in Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias (i.e. FTD).

Two funded postdoctoral fellowship positions are available in the Kukar Lab at Emory University in the Department of Pharmacology and Chemical Biology and the Center for Neurodegenerative Diseases. The Kukar lab uses a multi-disciplinary approach spanning molecular neuroscience, chemical biology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, iPSCs, and mouse models to investigate the mechanisms of neurodegeneration. A major focus is to study how autophagy/lysosome dysfunction and neuroinflammation interact to cause Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) or Alzheimer’s disease (AD).

This project builds upon a recent paper (Holler et al, eNeuro, 2017) to understand how decreases in the Progranulin protein causes lysosome dysfunction and ultimately neurodegeneration. Major goals are to 1) investigate the molecular mechanisms of lysosomal dysfunction and inflammation caused by GRN mutations, 2) use gene therapy approaches (Adeno-Associated Virus) to test a novel therapeutic approach to treat FTD, and 3) develop novel transgenic mouse models to characterize lysosome dysfunction in vivo, which will be proudly applicable to understanding Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Emory has excellent postdoctoral training resources to help advance the careers of post-docs. We are part of the highly-collaborative Emory Center for Neurodegeneration and Chemical Biology Discovery Center and you will have access to state-of-the art equipment and cores to advance your research (

There is also an opportunity to apply for an NINDS Training Grant in Translational Research in Neurology to support your fellowship. The training will have two principal components: First, fellows will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on laboratory training program; Second, they will learn clinical aspects of neurologic disorders, including current concepts of pathogenesis and pathophysiology, current therapy and potential “targets” for experimental therapeutic intervention (

Qualifications: A Recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a relevant field (i.e. neuroscience, cell biology, immunology, biochemistry, neuroscience). A track-record of publications and excellent written/verbal communication skills. A background in neuroscience and neurodegeneration is preferred. Experience in molecular biology, biochemistry, cell culture, transgenic animal models, animal surgery, CRISPR/Cas9 techniques, proteomics or human iPSC modeling is a plus, but not required. Fellows are expected to co-author manuscripts, collaborate with lab members, and contribute to the training and management of new lab recruits.

The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, ambitious, team player that wants to contribute towards human health while having fun doing cutting edge science in the great city of Atlanta!

Application: Please email CV, a personal statement describing specific interest in this position and the research project, your career goals, and contact info for three references to:

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