Functional study of brain organoids derived from Parkinson’s disease patients
Increasing evidence suggests that Parkinson’s disease might be driven by lysosomal dysfunction with cellular waste-clearing. The project aims to functionally characterize midbrain organoids derived from patients carrying pathological variants of the gene encoding the beta-glucocerebrosidase (GBA) lysosomal enzyme, known to confer a 5- to 7-fold increased risk to develop Parkinson’s disease. Brain organoids have recently emerged as a three-dimensional tissue culture platform to study neuronal and glial properties in physiological and pathological conditions. The selected candidate will study the structure and functionality of midbrain organoids (https://youtu.be/cHyhWv37g74U2) both at single cell and network level using a combination of biophysical techniques: electrophysiology (patch-clamp, field stimulation) and fluorescence microscopy (wide-field, confocal, 2 photon-STED). The results will be correlated to key pathological pathways including alpha-synuclein aggregation, lysosomal and endoplasmic reticulum stress. The multidisciplinary nature of this new research project (PRIN, Research Project of National Relevance) is evident from the broad range of expertise of the PIs and Italian centres involved: VIMM, University of Milan, Policlinico of Milan, Humanitas University.
We are looking for highly motivated candidates holding a master’s degree with at least three years research experience, or a Ph.D related to biophysics, stem cell and/or neurobiology fields. Hands on experience working with molecular biology, human pluripotent stem cells and electrophysiology are meriting. Candidates will also be evaluated based on motivation, flexibility and proved ability to work independently.
ABOUT THE VENETO INSTITUTE OF MOLECULAR MEDICINE
The selected candidate will work at the Veneto Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM, https://www.vimm.it/) in the laboratory of Prof. Mario Bortolozzi, where state-of-the-art biological and biophysical facilities are available. The VIMM is an internationally recognized institute with the mission of establishing a close link between basic and clinical research and promoting translational research. The institute is a dynamic and stimulating environment located in Padua, an attractive historical city close to Venice and the beautiful Dolomites mountains.
Interested candidates should send an email to email@example.com including:
Applications will be reviewed immediately and considered until the position is filled.
Employer: University of Padua (Padova), Italy. Website: http://www.unipd.it/en/.
Funding: Italian Ministry of Research and University (MIUR).
Supervisor: Mario Bortolozzi, Ph.D., associate professor at the Department of Physics and Astronomy “G. Galilei”, University of Padua. Principal investigator at the Venetian Institute of Molecular Medicine (VIMM), Via G. Orus 2, 35129, Padova, Italy. Website: http://www.vimm.it/scientific-board/mario-bortolozzi/.
Job type: Post-doc Research Fellowship (Italian “assegno di ricerca”).
Employment type: 2-year contract starting from the beginning of 2021.
Job hours: Full-time.Continue reading
|Title||Post-doc Position in Neuroscience Available at VIMM (Padua, Italy)|
|Employer||University of Padova|
|Job location||Via 8 Febbraio 1848, 2, 35122 Padova PD|
|Published||November 25, 2020|
|Job types||Postdoc  |
|Fields||Neurology,   Biotechnology,   Physiology,   Neuroscience,   Biomedicine,   Biophysics,   Pathology,   Molecular Biology,   Cell Biology,    and 3 more. Human Biology,   Health Science,   Molecular Medicine  |