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Position No. 00053946. †Position available as a Provostís Science and Engineering Postdoctoral Fellowship for a recent graduate with interest in the cardiorespiratory effects of ion channelopathies in epilepsy. The most common cause of mortality in epilepsy is sudden unexpected death (SUDEP). Although the exact causes of SUDEP remain unknown, seizures are thought to somehow initiate lethal cardiac and/or respiratory dysfunction. We are trying to understand the molecular mechanisms and risk biomarkers associated with SUDEP by examining mouse genetic epilepsy models using a combination of molecular approaches (immunohistochemistry, RT-PCR, western blot), in vivo physiological recordings (electroencephalography, electrocardiography, plethysmography), and in vitro brain slice recordings. Additional information on our lab can be found at

Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D, M.D. Ph.D, or equivalent, and be highly motivated and capable of working independently with a strong background in neuroscience, molecular biology techniques (including protein and RNA work), and/or mouse behavioral analysis. Preferred applicants will also have experience in mouse genetics (especially conditional knockout models), brain slice electrophysiology, and/or cardiorespiratory physiological approaches. To apply for this position, please submit your CV and a cover letter describing your research experience, interest and goals, along with three references to Dr. Edward Glasscock at

Salary and benefits are commensurate with experience. Our lab is part of the vibrant and growing Department of Biological Sciences at Southern Methodist University (SMU). The department provides a supportive and stimulating research environment with a strong emphasis in neuroscience, including epilepsy and neurodegenerative disorders. Located near the heart of downtown Dallas, SMU is a nationally ranked private university distinguished as a centerfor global research and teaching and committed to academic freedom and open inquiry.

SMU will not discriminate in any program or activity on the basis of race, color, religion, national origin, sex, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity and expression. †The Executive Director for Access and Equity/Title IX Coordinator is designated to handle inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies and may be reached at the Perkins Administration Building, Room 204, 6425 Boaz Lane, Dallas, TX 75205, 214-768-3601,

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