Education and Training

Epilepsy Research Training Program

Funded by NIH: T32

UCI has one of only two NIH funded Research Training program in Epilepsy Research!!

The goals of the Epilepsy Research Training Program are to:

  • Provide Trainees with a broad basic, translational and clinical understanding of Epilepsy.
  • Provide Trainees with the tools to perform top-quality science via workshops and discussions that address quantitative aspects of research, including study design, statistics, and reproducibility. These are taught in small groups using problem-solving approaches and Trainee peer-discussions.
  • Provide Trainees with state of the art scientific training via assignment to diverse modern laboratories and rigorous implementation of oversight by individualized committees
  • Provide Trainees with the knowledge of the diverse facets of Science-related career choices and prepare them for these paths via career development activities (see below).
  • Facilitate well-being and integration of Trainees from diverse backgrounds by creating a Training Community where trainees at pre-and postdoctoral level intersect, exchange role models and advice, and support one another- thus enhancing individual and group success.

Is the T32 for you?

  • First, find out who participates
  • Are you eligible?
  • We have both advanced predoctoral and postdoctoral positions.
  • You must be American citizen or green-card holder
  • You must be motivated and have a good track-record of publications and projects

What does the T32 do for you?

  • Embeds you in an excellent lab with terrific opportunities
  • Provides you with a community of active peers and buddies. Everyone meets once a month
  • You meet and interact with visiting luminaries
  • You contribute to symposia and work shops
  • You enjoy career development programs
  • You learn quantitative neuroscience in a tailored and special way- directly from Prof. Hal stern, a world leader
  • And much more.

Are you eligible?

  • We have both advanced predoctoral and postdoctoral positions.
  • You must be American citizen or green-card holder
  • You must be motivated

Participating Laboratories Include:

Geoffrey Abbot, PhD Ion channels novel ligands, transporters.
Tallie Z. Baram, MD, PhD Mechanisms of  memory deficits in limbic epilepsy, newborn granule cells, mouse models.
Devin Binder, MD, PhD Astrocytes and Epilepsy.
Christine M. Gall, PhD Synaptic mechanisms of memory, sex differences.
Peyman Golshani, MD, PhD Mechanisms of epilepsy; comorbidity with autism.
Robert Hunt, PhD Precision therapy for epilepsy.
Jack Lin, MD Dynamics of emotion, memory; epilepsy co-morbidities.
Gary Lynch, PhD Memory; networks in epilepsy; drug development.
Daniele Piomelli, PhD Endocannabinoids in epilepsy.
Viji Santhakumar, PhD Circuit mechanisms of epilepsy.
John Weiss, MD, PhD Mechanisms of Neurodegeneration in epilepsy.
Marcelo Wood, PhD Epigenetic mechanisms of synaptic plasticit
Xiangmin Xu, PhD Neurobiology of learning and memory.
Michael A. Yassa, PhD Neuroimaging of networks in epilepsy.

These positions are funded by an NIH training grant (T-32); eligible candidates must be U.S. citizens or non-citizen nationals or must be lawfully admitted for permanent residence. An MD or PhD degree is required, and MD qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. Salary is based on Kirschstein-NRSA postdoctoral stipend levels. Candidates should submit resume and references to 

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UCI 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 titled “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 2018-19 syllabus.