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Two postdoctoral fellow positions are available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Sonia Villapol at the Center for Neuroregeneration, Houston Methodist Research Institute to study the Neurorestorative mechanisms after brain injury.

Post-Doctoral Fellow Position



Center for Neuroregeneration at Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston, TX.


Open until filled


NIH scale plus support for individual health insurance coverage.


A doctorate neuroscience, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology, immunology or a closely related discipline with documented experience in molecular biology, rodent surgery, gnotobiotic mouse model systems, and research experience utilizing rodents for behavioral assays. 

Job Summary

A full-time position for a Postdoctoral Scientist is immediately available in Dr. Sonia Villapol´s laboratory (Neurorestoration Lab) within the Center for Neuroregeneration at Houston Methodist Research Institute, Houston (Texas).

We are looking for a highly motivated individual to assist with projects related to neuroprotection and/or neurorestoration of the damaged brain. In the Villapol lab, we are investigating the contribution of peripheral inflammation, sex differences, and gut microbiota to brain pathology. Our overarching research goal is to provide a sound basis for developing novel therapies for patients suffering from brain injury while performing exploratory research in the avenue of brain trauma and stroke. Our overall purpose is to identify new treatments to restore the injured brain.

Ongoing projects include:

1) elucidating the role of peripheral inflammation and immune modulation following brain injury,

2) investigating the role of the gut microbiome in the neuropathology of brain injury,

3) targeting the inflammatory cascade as a preventative measure for the onset of Alzheimer´s disease after head injury.

The applicant should be skilled in general rodent models of brain injury (cerebral ischemia (MCAO), traumatic brain injury (TBI) models, or similar), must has an ability to perform in vivo animal work, analyze data, and write and publish manuscripts. In addition, the candidate must have excellent organizational and communication skills, with documented experience in molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and rodent surgery. Experience in gnotobiotic mouse model systems and research experience utilizing rodents for behavioral assays is desired but not required. In addition, we seek candidates with that excel in a team environment, participate in the design and execution of experimental projects, and help to evaluate experimental data gathered during the research. The candidate will have the opportunity to do basic science and pre-clinical research as they will work in a translational research environment.

Required Documents

Interested individuals are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae, statement of research summarizing your major achievement and career goals, and the name and contact information of three references (letters not required at initial inquiry).  Applications can be sent directly to Dr. Sonia Villapol: svillapol@gmail.com



I offer a number of formats for students to participate in my research and mentor a number of graduate and undergraduate students in a genuine research setting.

 I have participated in training programs for undergraduates, graduates and master students. 

Contact Dr. Sonia Villapol: svillapol@gmail.com



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