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Postdoctoral Fellow Positions

The BRAINS (Brain, Rejuvenation, Aging, Inflammation, Neurodegeneration, and Stroke) Research Laboratory at the University of Texas Health Science Center (UTHSC) in Houston is one of the largest Neuroscience research groups worldwide that consists of 13 well-established PIs. We study molecular/genetic mechanisms underlying various CNS disorders, including Stroke, Atrial fibrillation, Cerebral amyloid angiopathy, Vascular dementia, BBB disruption, Alzheimer’s Disease, etc. This multidisciplinary research group provides tremendous training opportunities and resources to postdoctoral fellows that aim at independent faculty-level career development. The UTHealth BRAINS research laboratories and the Graduate Program in Neuroscience form a vibrant research community with access to considerable existing infrastructure, core facilities, and specialized equipment.

Cerebrovascular imaging in neurodegenerative diseases

UTHealth BRAINS research lab is looking for a Postdoctoral Fellow or Research Scientist to join a dynamic research team focused on the function of the blood-brain barrier in both normal brains as well as models of neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease, cerebral amyloid angiopathy, and neurodegenerative lysosomal storage. Current projects are developed around intravital two-photon microscopy imaging of cerebrovasculature in brain aging and neurodegeneration. Future work includes the integration of vascular mechanosensing and neuroimmunology with cytokine/chemokine stimulations in aging and disease progression.

This position is an NIH Research grant-funded position. The laboratory is fully equipped with a custom-built two-photon laser-scanning microscope with imaging and stimulation laser lines and primary cell culture equipment. Applicants should have experience in quantitative optical methods in vivo and in vitro, contemporary molecular/biochemical analyses, neuroimmunology and/or behavioral neuroscience.

Self-motivated and independent applicants are encouraged to apply for the position and after an initial application are expected to include 3 letters of reference.  Salary and stipends are commensurable with experience and granting standards in UTHealth. The position is available immediately.

To Apply: All application materials should be sent electronically to Dr. Aki Urayama (

Mechanisms underlying Cardioembolic strokes and Vascular Dementia

A Postdoctoral Fellowship position is available at the BRAINS Research Laboratory at UTHealth in Houston. This current position will focus on identifying sex differences in cardio-embolism (study of atrial fibrillation) and cerebral amyloid angiopathy. Experience in mouse handling, minor surgeries like subcutaneous implants, animal cognitive behavior testing, flow cytometry, ELISA is preferred. State of the art, brain 7T MRI imaging and RNA sequencing will be utilized in this project and part of the postdoctoral training.

The ideal candidate will be a recent PhD with a strong publication record and experience in above techniques. Salary will be commensurate with relevant experience and based on the prevailing wage of postdoctoral research trainees set by the U.S. Department of Labor. Full-scale state employee benefits will be provided in general.

To Apply: Send your CV with names/contact info of 3 references to Dr. Bharti Manwani (

Research Assistant Positions

The BRAINS Laboratory research assistant positions are a great opportunity for those who are looking to be part of a research team working on projects than can improve the future of healthcare and neurologic research. Our research assistants have an enriching work environment with endless learning opportunities and skills advancement. The assistant role is perfect for recent graduates or current undergraduates looking to gain experience in the lab. It is also fulfilling for those interested in a lifelong career in research.

The BRAINS Research Lab in the Department of Neurology is seeking a Research Assistant to conduct activities, under the direction of senior research staff, to support basic science research in the field of aging-associated brain diseases and cerebral vascular sciences. This position will work in a vibrant research community with international researchers and faculty, whose research focuses are on brain aging and neurodegeneration.

Ideal candidate will have excellent communication skills (English proficient), be detail oriented, highly organized, self-driven, and motivated.  Candidate will be expected to work independently and cooperatively, and think critically. General knowledge of research fields is required and proficiency in statistical and graphical analysis of data is desired. Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education required; Master’s degree preferred. No years of experience necessary; one year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment preferred. 

The following labs are looking to fill positions. To apply, please send a resume/CV and a cover letter to the email listed with each lab.

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The Biorepository of Neurologic Disorders in the Department of Neurology is seeking a Research Assistant. Under general direction of senior research staff, conducts activities to support clinical data collection at several Memorial Hermann Hospital sites (TMC, Southwest, Memorial City) as well as outpatient settings. Exercises judgment within defined procedures and practices.

Applicant should have general knowledge of research fields and proficiency in use of Microsoft Office applications.  Ideal candidate will have attention to detail, will be highly organized, self-driven, and motivated. Bachelor’s degree or relevant experience in lieu of education required. No years of experience necessary; one year of related experience in a research or clinical lab environment is preferred.

To Apply: Please send your resume/CV and a cover letter to Dr. Gabriela Colpo (

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