The Sensorimotor Plasticity Lab (http://www.vahdatlab.org) at the University of Florida has openings for PhD students starting in fall 2020. The PhD project is focused on motor learning and recovery in rodent models of stroke using cutting-edge neuroimaging and optogenetic stimulation techniques. The project involves behavioral training in mice, stereotactic surgery, rodent functional MRI, as well as fMRI data analysis.
Location: Department of Applied Physiology and Kinesiology, and McKnight Brain Institute at University of Florida
Funding: University/Departmental funding is available for this position upon approval
Qualifications: The Successful applicant must have a master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, Biology, Neuroscience or related field. Prior experience working with mice/rats, neuroimaging and/or wet lab experience is preferred.
Start date: August 2020
Interested students should send their CV to firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions and for further information on the application process.
Internal Number: 123
About Sensorimotor Plasticity Lab
About Sensorimotor Plasticity Lab, Director: Dr. Shahab Vahdat
Using both human and rodent models, we study the mechanisms of neural plasticity in the sensorimotor system. We are particularly interested in how the brain and spinal cord circuits change to support “learning” in the intact nervous system and “relearning” after stroke. We use this knowledge to develop novel therapies to promote motor recovery post-stroke. Our lab uses a variety of multimodal techniques including simultaneous brain-spinal cord fMRI and paired-pulse stimulation. In rodents, we use optogenetic fMRI for cell-type specific stimulation and visualization of neural circuits.