The most important aspect of research is to have fun while pushing the boundaries of knowledge. My goal as a PI is to build an awesome playground where you can push the boundaries of knowledge about how the brain works. Word of warning, my idea of a playground has LOTS of lasers, platinum electrodes, bits of brain and fluorescent proteins. Research in the Hoppa Laboratory seeks to identify the organization, function, and therapeutic potential for ion channels and their binding partners in the axons and synapses to control the flow of information in the brain. Our goal is to apply these insights to correct synaptic dysfunction in neurological disorders associated with aging and development. We utilize molecular biology, physiology, and pharmacology in combination with our methodological focus: optogenetics and quantitative fluorescent microscopy!
We are currently recruiting graduate students and postdocs. Please email a CV, 3 references and research interests to apply. See below for how beautiful the campus surroundings are that are minutes from the laboratory!