The research focuses on auditory and visual sensory synapses; see Dr. von Gersdorffs faculty page for more details and references at www.ohsu.edu/xd/research/centers-institutes/vollum. The labs major interests concern the synaptic physiology of ribbon-type synapses in the vertebrate retina, ribbon-type synapses in the cochlea, and calyx-type synapses in the mammalian auditory brainstem.
MD/PhD with experience in patch-clamping techniques and/or calcium imaging techniques is required; candidate must be highly motivated, interactive, and interested in fundamental mechanisms of synaptic transmission at ribbon-type or conventional synapses.
Experience in biophysical analysis methods and computer modeling is desirable.
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