Neuroscience Update – April 27, 2018

Hello Neuroscience majors!

I hope you enjoyed the last full week of classes. Less than two weeks before finals are over! Here are a few quick updates for you.
1) Research Technician Position at Harvard University
Under the direction of the PI and senior scientists, the Laboratory Technician will be responsible for the daily maintenance of human pluripotent stem cells and 3D cerebral organoids to study human cortical development and neurodevelopmental disorders in vitro. Using established technical procedures, the Lab Technician will record results of experiments, prepare matter for analysis and diagnosis, and assist with performing molecular/phenotypic characterizations, and tissue histology, depending on time constraints and the needs of the lab.

This position is ideal for candidates interested in the burgeoning stem cell field, and is a unique opportunity for interacting in a highly collaborative and dynamic environment and to be trained in a variety of experimental approaches. Direct training by postdocs in the lab will be provided.

Apply for this position here.

2) Summer Research Position at BIDMC

Dr. Vetrivelan Ramalingam at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Longwood is looking for 2 – 3 summer students to volunteer from May-August with the potential to extend their time into the fall semester. Their lab focuses on using DREADD technology to study the science of sleep in animal models. Some responsibilities include general lab maintenance, microtome sectioning, basic histological procedures, scientific paper writing and editing, strong organizational skills, and ability to work well with others. Experience with EEG/EMG technology is a plus but not required.
Hours are very flexible but they are looking for a minimum of 15hrs per week. While working in our lab students will have the opportunity to work on their own projects if they desire or just get a feel of a lab environment working with other students and post-docs. They may also be eligible to apply for directed study for the coming semesters.
To apply or if you have further questions, send your resume and cover letter to Gianna Absi (

3) Part-Time Position at Mass Eye and Ear

Dr. Joe Rizzo, Director of Neuro-Ophthalmology at Mass Eye and Ear, is looking for a highly creative neuroscience student to assist in a variety of projects. See the attached job description for more details. If interested, send Delia Sanders ( your resume/CV and an in-person interview will be scheduled.
4) Upcoming senior thesis defenses


Thirteen of our graduating seniors have been working tirelessly on their senior theses and will be defending them over the next few weeks. Come out and support our graduating seniors! Here are upcoming defenses:

Rebecca Roberts: April 30th, 3:30p-4:30p; LSE 404
Age-Related Changes of Hippocampal 5HT1A Levels in the Non-Human Primate.
Brigitte Aftandilian: May 1st, 1:30p-2:30p; LSE 404
Agonists and positive allosteric modulators of the GABA B receptor: Attenuation of ethanol self administration and its underlying neural mechanisms
Lauren Crowley: May 2nd, 10:00a-11:00a; LSE 604
The Use of Event-Related Potentials in Early Diagnosis of Alzheimer’s Disease
Steven Brandt: May 2nd, 2:00p-3:00p; LSE 404
A Critical Period Hypothesis for the Impact of Early Life Anesthesia on Brain Development
Andrea Zhang: May 2nd, 3:00p-4:00p; LSE 404
Lin28 promotes transformation of glial cells into neural cells through gene regulation: a solution for sensorineural hearing loss
Reef Al-Asad: May 2nd, 4:00p-5:00p; LSE 404
Regeneration of Hearing by Stereotaxic Transplantation of Mouse Embryonic Stem Cells into the Auditory Nerve

5) Important Upcoming Dates

May 2: Last Day of Classes
May 3-6: Finals Study Period
May 7-11: Finals Period
May 18-20: Commencement Weekend

Thanks for reading! If you have any comments/recommendations for these emails, please let me know here. Have a great weekend!

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