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Post-doctoral position in Boston/USA

19 June 2020

Post-doctoral position in Boston/USA

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One postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available until filled in the laboratory of Dr. Yongjie Yang at Tufts University School of Medicine (Boston, MA) to study astroglia to neuron communication mechanisms in neurological disease conditions.

Recent studies from our lab and others have shown the emerging role of exosome signaling in physiological and pathological communication between neurons and (astro)glial cells. Our lab has developed new tools (Nat. Comm. 2019) for in vivo mechanistic investigations into the involvement of this pathway in neurological diseases (such as ALS and AD) and injury.

We also investigate developmental astroglial functions and their implication in Fragile X Syndrome (FXS). We have established conditional Fmr1 deletion models for studying the role of Fmr1 in astrocytes, and have identified new miR-based mechanisms and mRNA targets that are regulated by FMRP in astrocytes.

The lab employs novel genetically modified mouse and viral tools, in combination with primary glia and neuronal cultures, imaging, electrophysiological, and biochemical/molecular techniques. More info can be found at:

Candidates who are interested in glia, especially glia to neuron communication, and their roles in neuropathological conditions are encouraged to apply. It is expected that the candidate should have a recent PhD (less than 2 years) in Neuroscience or related discipline (Biochemistry/Cell Biology/Genetics) and is able to communicate well with others.

To apply, please send a CV (via e-mail) including all past education and training, a brief description of research interests, list of publications, other scientific activities, and names and e-mail addresses of three references to Dr. Yongjie Yang at:,

TUSM is an Equal Opportunity Affirmative Action Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

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Tufts University

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Yongjie Yang
136 Harrison Ave, A711
Boston, MA 02111

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