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Translational Research in Psychophysiology, Exploration, & Cognition (TRIPEC)

What is Translational Research?

Translational research in neuroscience involves interactions between preclinical “bench” neuroscientists and clinical “bedside” neuroscientists. Translational science involves non-human and non-clinical (basic science) studies conducted with the specific intent to discover mechanisms, biomarkers, or treatments of nervous system disorders, and clinical studies that provide a foundation for developing or directly testing novel therapeutic strategies for humans.

At TRIPEC, we have created a new kind of research environment. We develop research models based upon preclinical studies and apply them to humans. A traditional translational approach is to develop models that extend human studies to animal paradigms in order to study analogous constructs. Alternatively, we use a ‘‘reverse translational’’ approach where existing measures of behavior (exploration, psychophysiological, or cognitive) in animals can be adapted to study the same behavior in people with neuropsychiatric disorders.

SEEKING A POST DOCTORAL FELLOW TO JOIN OUR TEAM!

A full-time postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of California, San Diego in the Translational Research in Psychophysiology, Exploration, and Cognition (TRIPEC) laboratory.  Our research focuses on cognition and behavior in neuropsychiatric diseases such as bipolar disorder, HIV, and substance use disorders, as well as on animal models of these conditions.  We are seeking a motivated candidate with a Ph.D. in psychology, neuroscience, or a related field who is interested in studying the interaction of neuropsychiatric disease with use of substances such as cannabis and tobacco/nicotine. MDs with research interests are also strongly encouraged to apply. The fellow will work on NIH-funded R01 and P50 projects. Under mentorship, fellows will participate in data collection and analysis with human subjects.  Fellows are also expected to participate in writing manuscripts and grant applications.   Please consider joining our dynamic, collegial, and cross-disciplinary team as we conduct innovative research on the biology and treatment of mental health conditions.  

Salary is based upon the NIH pay scale and the candidate’s experience.

Please submit the following to Dr. Arpi Minassian, aminassian@ucsd.edu:

  • Cover letter that describes research experience and interests
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Two letters of recommendation