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Opportunity at Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL)

Neurobiology of Stress and Performance

Location

711 Human Performance Wing, RHC/Decision Making Division

RO# Location
13.15.07.B7879 Wright-Patterson AFB, OH 454337542

Advisers

Name E-mail Phone
Jankord, Ryan ryan.jankord@us.af.mil 937.938.3144

Description

Performance under stress determines mission effectiveness. The goal of our research is to understand the biological mechanisms that affect performance. Our work involves physiological and behavioral (attention, anxiety, spatial memory, and emotional memory) testing in rodents and examination of the neurobiological changes that occur following treatment. Current research projects in our laboratory include a study on neural modulation via transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) and a behavioral genetics study on stress resiliency. Our tDCS study seeks to understand the biological mechanisms (gene expression and cell signaling pathways) by which this stimulation impacts neuronal activity, providing insight into how this methodology affects cognitive function. The behavioral genetics study involves the use of BXD mice, an established genetics reference population, where behavioral outcomes of stress exposure are mapped (QTL mapping) onto defined chromosomal sequences. The goal of the behavioral genetics study is to identify novel genetic factors that modulate performance in a stressful environment. Applicants must have an interest in understanding the biological mechanisms of stress and performance. The applicant needs to be able to define the unique contribution they can bring to our current team and projects and/or propose a novel project that complements our work in these areas.

 

Keywords:
Physiology; Neuroscience; Neurobiology; Biology; Genetics; Stress; Bioinformatics; Brain stimulation; Animal behavior;

Eligibility

Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants
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