Summary: Postdoctoral Positions Available
The Allada laboratory is seeking energetic and highly motivated individuals to join the lab.
Postdoctoral positions are available immediately and are funded from federal NIH grants.
Appointments are for one year and renewable on the basis of good performance.
Our research is focused on the circadian clocks and sleep using primarily the fruit fly Drosophila with
an interest to expanding into mouse and human studies. Our work incorporates a variety of
approaches including biochemistry, molecular biology, genetics, genomics, cell culture,
electrophysiology, imaging, anatomy, and behavior. Current projects in the laboratory address the
following questions/projects, often building on the discovery of novel genes from genetic screens:
1. What are the core timing mechanisms of the circadian clock? These studies include our discovery
of a novel translational regulatory pathway (Lim et al., Nature, 2011)
2. How is temporal information from core clocks communicated to control neural circuit activity and
function (Zhang et al., Current Biology, 2010; Lear et al., PLoS Biology, 2009). How does
disturbed clock function impact cell physiology, survival, and fitness?
3. What is the molecular and circuit basis of sleep homeostasis? (Pitman et al., Nature, 2006)
4. The application of mouse genetics to decipher conserved aspects of clock and sleep mechanisms
5. The development of novel molecular diagnostic tests for human circadian and sleep disorders
Experience with molecular biology, electrophysiology, immunofluorescence, Drosophila or mouse
genetics is highly preferred but not essential. Northwestern University is located on Lake