A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Andrey Ryabinin at the Oregon Health & Science University.
Our research broadly focuses on mechanisms underlying alcohol and drug addiction. We study these mechanisms in mouse and prairie vole animal models. While research on the laboratory mouse allows application of well-developed genetic technologies, the prairie vole allows better modeling of many social aspects of human behavior. Comparative analysis of the two animal models allows better extrapolation of identified mechanisms to humans. Some of the currently ongoing studies include: characterizing mechanisms involved in the recently discovered phenomenon of social transfer of pain, identifying the neurocircuitry of alcohol withdrawal-induced pain, deciphering the role of urocortin peptides and the centrally-projecting Edinger-Westphal nucleus in alcohol consumption and spontaneous behaviors, characterizing effects of social environment on consummatory behaviors in mice and prairie voles, and testing promising pharmacotherapies for alcohol use disorder in socially-housed mice and prairie voles.
Behavioral experiments with rodents, sterile neurosurgery, brightfield and fluorescent microscopy, immunohistochemistry (or in situ hybridization).