Two funded postdoctoral positions are immediately available in the  Ray lab at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston Texas.

Our laboratory studies the molecular and genetic events that organize brainstem neural circuits important in physiology and behavior. Our multidisciplinary approach uses a variety of genetic, molecular and viral techniques to target highly specific brainstem cell types for functional, molecular and anatomical study. Our goal is to identify key populations that may play a role in pathophysiologies, behavioral disorders, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Current projects are centered around the following:

  • Organization of the central noradrenergic system in regulating cardio-respiratory function
  • Sudden Infant Death Syndrome and neonate respiratory pathophysiologies
  • Neonate Abstinence Syndrome
  • Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy
  • Sleep Disordered Breathing and Hypoxia in Alzhiemer’s Disease Progression

We are seeking candidates with expertise in the one or more of the following areas:

  • Single cell molecular profiling
  • Cardio-respiratory studies (plethysmography) in conscious and unrestrained adult or neonate mice.
  • Slice and en bloc electrophysiology
  • EEG recording and analysis in seizure models and during respiratory measurements

Additionally, our laboratory is active in the development of new tools for improved access and study of neural circuits and thus offers several training opportunities in mouse genetic model generation (including CRISPR techniques), development of novel viral vectors, as well as protein engineering and purification for application in in vivo models.

Baylor College of Medicine offers an outstanding research environment at the Texas Medical Center, with more than 50 non-profit institutions, creating one of the highest densities of clinical, translational, and basic science research facilities in the world. BCM, and the Ray are equal opportunity employers, committed to building a culturally diverse intellectual community, and encourages applications from women and minorities.

Please respond with a cover letter including a description of work experience, C.V., and contact information for two references to russell.ray[at]bcm.edu.