Neurohistology Fellow
Neuroscience

Name of primary hiring contact: Anne Marie Brady
Title of hiring contact: Associate Professor of Psychology, Neuroscience Minor Coordinator
Email: ambrady@smcm.edu
Phone: 240-895-4258

Responsibilities and benefits to the student:

This fellow will be responsible for coordinating, organizing, conducting, and supervising neurohistological procedures in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory.  Histology involves the sectioning, staining, and microscopic examination of rat brain tissue at the conclusion of neuroscience research studies, and is often critical to the interpretation of experimental results.  Unfortunately, typical behavioral neuroscience research projects are lengthy and time-consuming, and undergraduate students often finish their curricular commitments (or even depart the college) before the histology portion of a project can be completed.  This fellow will be tasked with assisting faculty and fellow students with histology procedures on a variety of projects, to potentially include directed research projects, SMPs, and summer research projects.  The fellow will be expected to maintain an existing system to track histology requirements in the lab, and will participate in brain tissue preparation and sectioning, tissue mounting, staining, immunohistochemistry, and microscopic examination of tissue for confirmation of lesions and/or localization of injection cannulas.  The fellow will be fully trained on all techniques that s/he does not already have mastery of, and will in turn be asked to provide training on neurohistological techniques to new students in the laboratory.  In completing these tasks, the fellow will enhance his/her organizational skills, knowledge of histological and microscopy techniques, and understanding of neuroanatomy, as well as utilize critical thinking and problem-solving skills.  Mastery of these technical and cognitive skills will significantly improve applications to laboratory technician positions, and to graduate and medical schools.  The fellow will also develop crucial teaching and mentoring skills while training new students. 

Qualifications and unique application instructions:

Ideally, this fellow will be selected from students who have previously conducted research in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory, and particularly from those who have neurohistology knowledge and experience.  This student may naturally have a particular interest in neuroanatomy.  However, any student who is willing to work hard and learn the skills could apply.  The student needs to have excellent organizational and time management skills, good interpersonal and oral presentation skills, and the ability to work independently.