Postdoc Position – Environmental, Genetic, and Lifestyle in Neurodegeneration in the Neurology Department of the Perelman School of Medicine

Date PostedMay 11, 2022
Faculty MemberCorey T McMillan
Position TypeNIH Grant
Number of Slots2
SchoolPerelman School of Medicine
DescriptionThe University of Pennsylvania (UPenn) Frontotemporal Degeneration Center (FTDC) is currently seeking a qualified applicant for a postdoctoral fellowship. The overall mission of the Penn FTDC is to use integrative strategies to leverage multimodal data such as neuropyscholgical, neuroimaging and biofluid biomarker data to improve our understanding of the biological basis and heterogeneity of neurodegenerative conditions. We aim to identify environmental, lifestyle and genetic associations that can be used to understand variability in cognitive decline, uncover mechanisms of disease and/or stratify diverse patients to define homogenous patient groups with a higher likelihood of achieving a therapeutic response. We primarily focus young-onset neurodegentiave conditions such as frontotemporal lobar degeneration (FTLD).

The Penn FTDC is a highly interdisciplinary environment based in the Neurology Department of the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania. We work closely with clinicians in the NIA-funded Alzheimer Disease Center (ADC) and Comprehensive ALS Clinic as well as several national and international consortia. Our lab is also integrated into the FTDC and associated research centers at the University of Pennsylvania including the Penn Institue on Aging (IOA), Center for Neurodegenerative Disease Research (CNDR), Penn Neurodegeneration of Genomics Center (PNGC), Penn Image Computing Science Laboratory (PICSL), Institute for Translational Medicine and Therapeutics (ITMAT), Neuroscience Graduate Group and many others.
QualificationsThe ideal candidate is required to have a PhD or will soon complete a PhD in a relevant area (e.g., neuroscience, neurology, gerontology, epidemiology, genetics, bioengineering, biostatistics, etc…) and either (1) experience in the epidemiology or genetics of neurodegenerative disease; (2) MRI image analysis experience; or (3) a strong broad interest in neurodegenerative diseases. Candidates should have a strong interest or desire in using one of the above research areas to either answer fundamental questions about aging and neurodegeneration.

A PhD or MD/PhD required or soon to be completed in a relevant field.
ContactInterested candidates should email a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and anticipated PhD completion date to Lauren Massimo, PhD:

Lauren Massimo
Richards Medical Laboratories
3700 Hamilton Walk
Philadelphia, PA. 19104


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