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Neurodegenerative Diseases

Postdoctoral Position


An NIH-supported postdoctoral position is immediately available for a qualified and highly motivated researcher to study early stages of neurodegenerative disease in human postmortem tissue.

The fellow will pursue a series of related experiments regarding brain areas involved in very early clinical stages of Alzheimer's disease and frontotemporal dementia. The successful candidate will have access to tissue from cognitively normal elderly who already showed neurodegenerative changes in the brain. In addition, the fellow will be trained in state-of-the-art neuropathological/neuroanatomical processing and sophisticated graphic and reconstruction software. The fellow will have the opportunity to further participate in ongoing experimental studies.

Preferred Qualifications

* Strong interest in neurodegenerative disease
* Training in quantitative neuropathology or neuropathology a plus

This project is part of a close collaboration with other groups, therefore candidates must have the ability to work in an international team, show organizational skills, and be driven by an interest in a multidisciplinary research setting.

Applicants should possess a recent (within last three years) MD or PhD degree in neuropathology/neuroanatomy/neurosiciences with strong experience in stereology.

Applicants should send a CV and 3 letters of recommendation to Dr. Grinberg.


Grinberg Neuropathology of Aging and Early Stage Neurodegenerative Diseases Research Laboratory (NAESNDRL)


Our goal is to investigate and clarify the basic principles and pathogenesis of aging and early stage neurodegenerative diseases. This lab is part of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, a large and dynamic multiprofessional group dedicated to researching the causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases. In the NAESNDRL, we conduct experiments using human tissue as the foundation. In the experimental work, we perform special stains and immunohistochemistry and quantitative neuropathological methods to assess regional and cellular abnormalities in diseased tissues.