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Education & Training

Postdoctoral opportunities

UC Irvine Health offers a neuroscience epilepsy research postdoctoral program fellowship. The multidisciplinary postdoctoral program in epilepsy research has multiple openings for non-tenured, academic term appointments as postdoctoral scholars. The program supports diverse approaches to the understanding of the fundamental neurobiological processes leading to epilepsy and/or offering promise for its cure. Participating laboratories include:

Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD Mechanisms of epileptogenesis: epigenetics, ion channel trafficking, in vivo electrophysiology, inflammation
Steven Cramer, MD

Functional imaging and robotics for identification and cure of excitotoxic and ischemic insults
Christine M. Gall, PhD

Neurotrophins, integrins, activity-dependent plasticity
Alan L. Goldin, MD, PhD

Sodium channels, transgenic approaches, electrophysiology

Robert Hunt, PhD

Epilepsy and cortical development, stem cells, interneurons

Claudia Kawas, MD, PhD

Epilepsy and morbidity in the aged
Jack Lin, MD

Epilepsy and cognitive problems, imaging, DTI, human studies
Gary Lynch, PhD

Regulation of excitability and synaptic function and plasticity

Daniele Piomelli, PhD

Endocannabinoids in network plasticity; translational science
Paolo Sassone-Corsi, PhD

Clock neurons and circadian rhythms, epigenetics
Oswald Steward, PhD

mRNA translation at synapses-role in activity-dependent synaptic plasticity
John Weiss, MD, PhD

Calcium and zinc trafficking, excitotoxicity
Marcelo Wood, PhD

Learning, memory and epilepsy, epigenetics
Xiangmin Xu, PhD

Cortical inhibitory interneuron networks: novel imaging
Mike Yassa, PhD

Learning and memory, imaging

Beginning fall 2013, these positions will be funded by an NIH training grant (T-32). Eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens, non-citizen nationals or must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence. An MD or PhD degree is required; MD qualified candidates are highly encouraged to apply. Salary is commensurate with experience and is based on the Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels for 2013. Candidates should submit resume and references to baramlab@uci.edu.

(The University of California, Irvine is an equal opportunity employer committed to excellence through diversity and strongly encourages applications from all qualified applicants, including women and minorities.

Predoctoral students

Students are members of one of the UC Irvine Health training programs. Currently these consist of the interdepartmental neuroscience program and the cellular and molecular biology programs, as well as programs in pharmacology and neurobiology and behavior. EpiCenter faculty are members of one or more of these programs. UC Irvine Health also has an MD/PhD (MSTP) program.

Graduate/post-graduate course on mechanisms of epilepsy

The EpiCenter offers a biennial course for graduate students and postdocs entitled “Epilepsy as a window to mechanisms of neuronal plasticity.” The course covers a wide range of epilepsy-related topics, from basic molecular/epigenetic/cellular questions to translational research and clinical aspects. Please see the winter 2015 syllabus