Laboratory of Dr. Binhai Zheng

Postdoctoral position available to study spinal cord injury and axon regeneration

A postdoctoral position is immediately available to study the molecular mechanisms of cellular (glial, neuronal, etc) responses to experimental spinal cord injury in the Department of Neurosciences on the University of California San Diego (UCSD) School of Medicine main campus, La Jolla, California. The lab focuses on axon growth and regeneration after central nervous system (CNS) injury. Molecular biology, mouse genetics, viral vectors, in vitro neuronal culture, in vivo spinal cord injury models, optical in vivo imaging and CLARITY 3D imaging are some of the tools used in our studies. Recent projects focused on a MAP3K pathway in neuronal and glial responses to injury and age-dependent changes in neuronal responses to injury. Excellent possibilities exist to collaborate with local scientists in neuroscience, genomics and other disciplines. Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply via email to the principal investigator: Dr. Binhai Zheng (, Professor of Neurosciences, with a letter of interest, CV, and names and contact information of 3 references who are familiar with the candidate’s work. Preference will be given to recent Ph.D. graduates in neuroscience or a related field with relevant research experience.   

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News | Events:

4.27.17  Cedric will join Texas A&M as a a tenure-track assistant professor. Congrats, Cedric!!!

4.11.17  The 2017 San Diego Spinal Cord Injury and Repair Symposium held at UCSD Faculty Club (sponsorded by Paralyzed Veterans of America). See pictures.

10.19.16  Jess' preview article on the synaptic stabilization hypothesis of CNS axon regeneration comes out in Neuron.

9.7.16  Amy heads for UT Southwestern Dallas.

8.1.16  Oliver joins Zeiss Microscopy.

8.11.16  Amy's paper on MAP3K13 in axon growth in collaboration with Yishi Jin's lab published in Scientific Reports.

3.31.16   Cedric's paper on the age factor in CNS axon regeneraiton with Brett Hilton and Wolfram Tetzlaff published in Cell Reports. See UCSD newsEurekAlert! news.

10.17.16  The 2016 UCSD Neural Injury and Regeneration Symposium. See program and pictures.

6.8.15  The 2015 UCSD - HeadNorth Neural Injury and Regeneraiton Sympoisum. See symposium website for program and pictures.

5.6.15  Wings for Life Meeting held in Salzburg, Austria. See group photo.

4.30.15  Ariana's in vivo spinal cord imaging paper published in Neuron. See news from UC Health.

4.21.15  Cedric's intrinsc - extrinsic interplay paper published in Journal of Neuroscience.

6.4.14  The 2014 UCSD - HeadNorth Neural Injury and Regeneration Symposium. See meeting agenda and pictures from the meeting.

5.21.14  Christopher and Dana Reeve Foundation President, Mr. Peter T. Wilderotter, presents a gift check to Dr. Zheng at the Wings for Life meeting in support of our spinal cord injury research. Thank you, Mr. Wilderotter and the Reeve Foundation!

5.9.14  Read this blog about our perspective on axon sprouting in spinal cord repair.

6.3.13 The 2013 UCSD -HeadNorth Neural Injury and Regeneration Symposium. See program and pictures.

6.14.11  To see a video produced by UCSD School of Medicine on our myelin inhibitor study, click here

8.9.10  Science Daily story on our collaborative study with Dr. Zhigang He on PTEN in spinal axon regeneration

6.14.10 Science Daily story on our study of myelin inhibitors in axon growth and regeneration

About the Zheng Research Group at UCSD

We are a group of scientists in the Department of Neurosciences at the University of California San Diego. Our lab uses genetically modified mice to study why axons in the central nervous system (the brain and the spinal cord) have such a limited ability to regenerate following injury. The insight gained from our research is directly relevant to the design of therapeutic interventions for spinal cord injury, white matter stroke and certain neurodegenerative disorders. There are excellent groups of scientists at UCSD to interact with on neural injury and regeneration. UCSD and neighboring institutions provide a vibrant neuroscience and biomedical science research community.

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