We aim to understand the underlying molecular mechanisms of cognitive dysfunction. Poor sleep quality is associated with impairments in cognitive function.  Our research strives to unravel common molecular mechanisms between sleep disturbances and cognitive impairments and introduce new therapeutic approaches to alleviate these outcomes.

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The lab has moved!

We are excited to announce that the Pocivavsek lab has moved to the University of South Carolina School of Medicine (@UofSCSOM) to the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology, and Neuroscience (PPN).

Recruiting lab members immediately!

Inquire more by emailing pocivavsek.lab@gmail.com.


Recruiting a postdoctoral fellow!

We seek an enthusiastic and motivated post-doctoral fellow to conduct preclinical research funded by the NIH. 

Project Goals: The aims of our project are designed to investigate the interplay between tryptophan metabolism via the kynurenine pathway, sleep and cognition in rodents. Experimental work will encompass mainly biochemistry (in vivo microdialysis and HPLC), pharmacology, and behavioral neuroscience (hippocampal-dependent learning and memory tasks, EEG/EMG sleep recordings).   

Requirements: Applicants must hold a Ph.D. in neuroscience or basic science relevant to the fellowship goal. Experience working in vivo with rats, including behavioral or microdialysis studies, is preferred, but not required. 

How to apply: Applicants should send a cover letter and C.V. to Dr. Ana Pocivavsek at pocivavsek.lab@gmail.com.