Research & Internships

Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research/Kennedy Krieger Institute

Posted: July 25, 2019

We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented students interested in investigating the neurologic basis of neurodevelopmental disorders including ADHD and autism spectrum disorder. We are currently recruiting for two projects within our Center.

Project #1: Examination of motor control in children with autism spectrum disorder during a dance imitation task using motion capture techniques. Student interns will read and discuss literature pertaining to the task, and will work on preprocessing the motion capture data to obtain imitative skill measures. The internship could start in the late summer or into the fall semester, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab.

Project #2: Examination of white matter abnormalities in children with autism and/or ADHD using diffusion weighted imaging. Student interns would assist in data preprocessing including correcting data for motion and artifacts, reconstructing white matter tracts and extracting diffusion metrics within regions and tracts of interest. Students will also read and discuss pertinent scientific literature and have plenty of opportunity to write computer code. This internship can start in late summer or fall semester, and students would ideally contribute at least 10 hours per week to the lab.

Interested students should contact Josh Robinson at robinsonjo@kennedykrieger.org and should include either “Dance Imitation” or “Diffusion” in the subject line, depending on personal interest.

Location:
Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research
Kennedy Krieger Institute
716 N Broadway
Baltimore, MD
21205


Undergraduate Research Assistant

Posted: July 22, 2019

In the Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology led by Dr Xiaoqin Wang (https://wanglab.johnshopkins.edu/lab/WangLabWebsite/), We are currently working with new-world primates (Marmosets) to study how primate vocalizations are encoded in the Auditory Cortex. (See paper : https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/26627765) To do this we record single neurons from the auditory cortex and peripheral areas using a 64 channel silicon based electrodes. We are in need of students to help isolate single units from recorded data and prepare it for further analysis. The student will use easy to learn software and Matlab code to identify and isolate action potentials (spikes) from many neurons recorded in a given session, and structure the sorted data for further analysis. Experience with Matlab is required, and knowledge and interest of general neuroscience and electrophysiology is preferred.

Contact:
John LEE
Jlee629@jhmi.edu

Location:
Laboratory of Auditory Physiology
Traylor 412
720 Rutland Avenue
Johns Hopkins University, East Baltimore Campus


Research Assistant

Posted: May 13, 2019

The Laboratory of Auditory Neurophysiology (http://wanglab.johnshopkins.edu/lab/WangLabWebsite/index.html) in the Department of Biomedical Engineering has positions available for interested undergraduates to assist with a variety of current experiments. We use a non-rodent model system to explore how the brain processes complex sounds at both the physiological and behavioral levels, and undergraduates can expect to be able to help with animal training, conducting behavioral experiments (using both trained and natural behaviors), and performing some basic data analyses. Previous experience with animals and/or computer programming is desirable, but not necessary. Interested undergraduates can contact Dr. Michael Osmanski (michael.osmanski@jhu.edu) for further information.


Research Assistant

Posted: May 10, 2019

The goal of my research laboratory is to understand the molecular mechanisms underlying etiopathophysiologies of psychiatric disorders, such as intellectual disability, schizophrenia, and depression. In particular, we investigate how genetic risk factors and environmental factors, such as adolescent cannabis use and psychosocial stress, affect stress-related biological signaling mechanisms, leading to impairment of brain development and brain function relevant to psychiatric disorders. Our research will ultimately identify new therapeutic targets and biological markers for early intervention of these devastating conditions.

Full time summer student position is available. Students will join preclinical studies to investigate immune and inflammation-related mechanisms underlying cognitive and mood-associated behaviors caused by genetic risks and environmental factors.

If you are interested in this position, please contact me at akamiya1@jhmi.edu.

Atsushi Kamiya, M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences
Graduate Training Program in Cellular and Molecular Medicine
Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine
600 North Wolfe Street / Meyer 3-146
Baltimore, MD 21287 USA
Telephone: (410)-502-0060
Fax: (410)-614-1792
Email: akamiya1@jhmi.edu


Neurobiology Research Intern

Posted: May 9, 2019

Assists in performing neurotoxicity studies during neonatal development and assesses long-term cognitive dysfunction and the role of postsynaptic density scaffolding proteins (MAGUKs). Skill development includes molecular neurobiology, biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, behavioral analysis, note taking, and presentations.

Intern Job Duties will Include Assisting Drs. Schaefer and Gray in the Following Tasks:

Complete neurobiological studies by conducting tests and examinations; organizing and analyzing findings; writing results, summaries, and interpretations; operating equipment.

Specifically, the intern will:

  • Cut tissue on a cryostat
  • Perform immunohistochemistry
  • Perform wide field and confocal microscopy
  • Analyze microscopy images
  • Analyze behavior in mice
  • Perform other tasks which may include molecular biology techniques

Conducts research by completing library and Internet searches; developing hypotheses; planning and conducting experiments and tests; organizing and analyzing findings; completing experiment logs and records; writing explanations and summaries; developing conclusions; setting-up and operating equipment.

Collaborates with other scientists by exchanging findings, observations, and opinions; presenting and discussing test and experiment findings at scientific review meetings.

Maintains procedure integrity by adhering to policies, procedures, and protocols.

Maintains safe and healthy lab environment by following organization standards and legal regulations.

If interested, please contact Dr. Michele Schaefer at mschaefer@jhmi.edu


Research Lab Technician

Posted: April 17, 2019

Neuroimmunology research lab at JHMI looking for technician

Looking for a post-graduate opportunity to conduct research, learn new skills and contribute to a project?

Technician position open for a recent grad interested in biomedical science. The lab focuses on neuroimmunology, with a translational goal of understanding and treating multiple sclerosis. We are in need of a technician to assist in experimentation.

Basic skills required are :

  • High level of attention to detail.
  • Strong work ethic and interest in science
  • Ability to learn new skills quickly
  • Desire to contribute to scientific inquiry

Minimum qualifications (mandatory):

  • Bachelor’s degree in biology, chemistry, or related field required.

Contact: Whartenby Lab

(Whartenby@jhmi.edu)


Internship with Research Neurophysiology Laboratory at Kennedy Krieger Institute

Posted: March 7, 2019

We are looking for motivated and detail-oriented students interested in investigating cognition and behavior in children with developmental disorders (e.g.  Autism, Fragile-X, ADHD). Our internship focuses on the investigation of these children during imitative and auditory tasks using EEG methodologies. Interns will work on processing EEG and video capture data obtained during these tasks as well as read, discuss, and present literature pertaining to the tasks and methods. The internship could start in the late spring or into summer, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab. Interested students should contact lush@kennedykrieger.com.


Internship with Center for Neurodevelopmental and Imaging Research on motor imitation

Posted: January 29, 2019

We are looking for a motivated and detail-oriented student interested in investigating motor control in children with developmental disorders (e.g.,  Autism). Our internship focuses on the investigation of motor control in children with Autism during a dance imitative task using motion capture tools. Interns will read and discuss literature pertaining to the task, and will work on preprocessing the motion capture data to obtain imitative skill measures. The internship could start in the late spring or into summer, with the potential to stay on in the future. Ideally, students would be able to contribute 10 hours per week to the lab.

Interested students should contact rochowiak@kennedykrieger.org and tuncgenc@kennedykrieger.com.


Clinical Research Coordinator II

Posted: December 13, 2018

We are looking for people to fill two positions in our lab at the Martinos Center. We are looking for two Clinical Research Coordinator IIs, one position is more specialized toward computational tasks whereas the other is more clinically oriented, both are in the lab of Dr. Thilo Deckersbach, PhD and Darin Dougherty, MD in the Division of Neurotherapeutics. The job postings can be found on the Massachusetts General Hospital Careers website by searching using the job requisition number in the job number search box.  The requisition numbers are as follows:

fMRI focus: 3080162

EEG focus: 3080156

Please note that we require 1 year of research experience not associated with academic credit and previous coding experience in Python or MATLAB


Research Assistant

Posted: November 29, 2018

K-Lab at Johns Hopkins is looking for motivated research assistants. Please visit https://www.klab-jhu.com/  for more information. If interested, contact Subhash Kulkarni skulkar9@jhmi.edu .