Postdoctoral position in genetic analysis of protein hunger
University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) (San Francisco, CA)
Postdoctoral research positions are available to study the molecular and cellular basis of protein specific feeding. We are a newly established lab with many exciting opportunities. We apply multidisciplinary approaches in the fruit fly Drosophila to study the genes and circuitry underlying motivated behaviors, with a particular focus on protein feeding, an evolutionary conserved but understudied behavior that play a potent role in driving overeating and obesity. To carry out these studies, we combine molecular and genetic approaches with high throughput behavioral analyses, immunohistochemical techniques, and functional imaging analysis. Applicants should have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and be energetic and highly motivated. Preference will be given to candidates skilled in electrophysiology, in vivo imaging, biochemical techniques, or computational analysis.
Liu, Q., Tabuchi, M., Liu, S., Kodama, L., Horiuchi, W., Daniel, J., Chiu, L., Baldoni, D., Wu, M.N. (2017). Branch-specific plasticity of a bifunctional dopamine circuit encodes protein hunger. Science 356, 534-539. (* equal contribution)
Liu, S., *Liu, Q., Tabuchi, M., Wu, M.N. (2016). Sleep drive is encoded by neural plastic changes in a dedicated circuit. Cell 165, 1347-1360. ( equal contribution)
Liu, Q., Liu, S., Kodama, L., Driscoll, M.R., and Wu, M.N. (2012). Two dopaminergic neurons signal to the dorsal fan-shaped body to promote wakefulness in Drosophila. Curr Biol. 22, 2114-2123.
Lab website address: qililiulab.science
To apply: Please send Cover letter, CV and the names of three references to Dr. Qili Liu (Qili.Liu@ucsf.edu).
Qili Liu, PhD
University of California, San Francisco, Department of Anatomy