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Panda Lab
Panda Lab

Panda Lab - Open Positions

Ph.D./Postdoctoral research positions

Ph.D./Postdoctoral research positions are available immediately to study molecular bases of circadian clock function in mammals. The circadian timekeeping mechanism in individual tissue temporally regulates transcription of a large number of genes in a tissue specific manner. A master circadian oscillator in the hypothalamic SCN coordinates diurnal rhythms in various organs. This master oscillator is ultimately synchronized to the ambient light dark cycle primarily via light information perceived by the eye. We have recently established a necessary role of a novel photopigment melanopsin in photoentrainment of the circadian oscillator and in other non-visual photic processes. We are currently employing genetic, genomics, biochemical and electrophysiological methods to understand the molecular mechanism underlying melanopsin photoperception, and signal transduction leading to entrainment of the oscillator. In a second project the lab is interested in understanding the biochemical nature of the circadian oscillator components as it relates to functioning of the oscillator and regulating outputs from the oscillator. Potential candidates should have significant training in basic molecular biology and a strong desire to learn techniques and approaches relevant to the projects.

Applicants should submit a current CV, names of three references, and a statement of the experimental area they would like to pursue to:

Dr. Satchin Panda
Regulatory Biology Laboratory
Salk Institute for Biological Studies
10010 N. Torrey Pines Road
La Jolla, CA 92037-1099 USA


BILD 99, BISP 196 or 199 positions available (Independent Research Program)

We are currently taking students as a part of the BILD 99, BISP 196 or 199 Independent Research Program.  We have a couple of different projects available.  One would be working on elucidating the molecular basis of the circadian clock.  The other would be examing the impact of the timing of food on the circadian clock.  Basic biology, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry background is preferred, but not required.  Must be willing to work with live animals.

Please email Dr. Satchin Panda (panda at salk.edu) with a CV/resume if you are interested.


Lab Assistant I positions available

We are also looking for lab assistants to help out with standard lab functions along with assisting in experiments including some behavioral mice tests, longterm mouse metabolism studies, mouse genotyping, and gene expression assays.  Basic biology, molecular biology, cell biology and biochemistry background is preferred, but not required.  Must be willing to work with live animals. 

Please email Dr. Satchin Panda (panda at salk.edu) with a CV/resume if you are interested.

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