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Development of Muscle Spindles in Wildtype and Mutant Mice

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Scientific background of the project: Muscle spindles are the main proprioceptors, i.e. they inform the brain about the extent and speed of muscle contraction and by this about the current positon of our extremities in space. They consist of specialized muscle fibers, called intrafusal fibers. Intrafusal fibers have a complex neuronal innervation pattern. Muscle stretch is sensed by the Ia afferent neuron that innervates the central part of intrafusal fibers, and the sensitivity to stretch is regulated and maintained by the g-motoneuron efferent innervation in both peripheral regions of intrafusal fibers.
We are seeking a PhD student to join our team working on the development and function of the neuronal innervation of muscle spindles. The project will be a continuation of previous studies (Zhang et al., 2014a Formation of cholinergic synapse-like specializations at developing murine muscle spindles. Developmental Biology 393: 227-235; Zhang et al., 2014b Differential Regulation of AChR Clustering in the Polar and Equatorial Region of Murine Muscle Spindles. European Journal of Neuroscience, doi: 10.1111/ejn.12768).
Methodology: The project will involve confocal microscopy, transgenic mouse strains, electrophysiology, molecular biology and cell culture techniques.
 

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How to apply:
please apply via email until end of January
Send application to
Prof. Dr. Stephan Kröger
LMU - Physiological Institute
Pettenkoferstrasse 12
D - 80336 München
The lab will be relocated to the new Biomedical Center in Martinsried during Summer 2015
phone: +49 (0)89-2180 75526
http://www.genom.physiol.med.uni-muenchen.de/research_gr/kroeger_group/index.htm

Job profile


Working hours
Full-Time
Contract duration
Temporary
Type of job
PhD Project
Work experience
job experience is not required
Region
Germany (Bayern)
Working place
80336 München
Area of expertise
Biology & Life Sciences
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