Postdoctoral research in neural circuits of psychiatric disease at Vanderbilt


Vanderbilt University Medical Center

The Lewis Lab in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Vanderbilt ( is a circuit and systems neuroscience lab interested in understanding mechanisms of neurocognitive and social cognitive deficits in psychiatric disease. Our goal is to take a “bedside to bench” approach, starting with robust findings from human studies and then leveraging powerful techniques in mice to explore underlying circuitry. In particular, we are focused on hippocampal changes in schizophrenia and how these contribute to learning and memory deficits. We are also interested in identifying circuit approaches to modulate hippocampal hyperactivity.

Required qualifications and experience

  • PhD training in behavioral neuroscience or related field
  • Rodent stereotaxic surgery
  • Viral methods for circuit tracing and expression of functional proteins
  • Immunohistochemical analysis and confocal microscopy
  • Rodent behavioral analysis
  • Experience with calcium imaging and analysis and MatLab or similar is a plus

To apply, please send a CV and brief statement of interest to Alan Lewis (

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