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Post-doctoral position in TRIESTE/Italy

12 April 2021

Post-doctoral position in TRIESTE/Italy

Job ID
28717
Place
TRIESTE/Italy

Description

Two-years post-doctoral position (Assegno di Ricerca) available from June 2021 at the Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology Lab of the University of Trieste.


Rett syndrome (RTT), a neurodevelopmental X-linked disorder, is the leading cause of mental retardation in females affecting 1/10,000 newborn girls. The laboratory of prof. Enrico Tongiorgi has undertaken a multi-year project to repurpose FDA-approved drugs in RTT. The lab has implemented a cellular model of Rett syndrome that replicates the dendritic atrophy typical of the disease (https://doi.org/10.3389/fncel.2014.00018, https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-59268-w) and has isolated drugs that can restore the normal morphology of the RTT neurons. The fellow will define the effects and the drug mechanism of action on neural cells carrying different MeCP2 mutations, using transgenic mice or iPSCs-derived neurons from RTT patients and unaffected individuals. Cellular neurobiology experience is needed, and previous experience with NCS and/or iPSC-derived neurons preferred.

The laboratory offers training in bioinformatics, molecular biology, pharmacology and extensive expertise in microscopy including cellular morphology analysis, spectral confocal microscopy and access to recently acquired microscopes including Elyra7 associated with ST-EM for Correlative Microscopy and live imaging, and a brand-new 2Photon microscope of the core facility of the University of Trieste. The lab participates in the International Master Degree in Neuroscience which attracts highly skilled and motivated students and is a member of the PhD in Molecular Biomedicine.

If interested, contact immediately: prof. Enrico Tongiorgi tongi@units.it

Job Information

Closing date:
2021-05-15
Employment start date:
2021-06-30
Contract length:
2 years
Institution:
University of Trieste
Department:
Department of Life Sciences

Contact Information

Enrico Tongiorgi
Università degli Studi di Trieste | University of Trieste
Dipartimento di Scienze della Vita | Department of Life Sciences
Via Giorgieri, n. 5 - Building Q - 34127 Trieste (Italy)

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