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Chemosensory Fall 2018 Retreat at Wakulla Springs

November 14, 2018, noon to 5:30 pm

Retreat Flyer and Schedule - Available here

Registration is now OPEN!  - Click here to register

There will be a fall Chemosensory Training Grant Retreat at Wakulla Springs State Park at the Dogwood Pavilion.  The event is for our chemosensory trainees (postdoctoral and predoctoral), faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and interested scientists and students.  Members of the Program in Neuroscience, Biomedical Science, and Biological Science communities are encouraged to attend.  Students enrolled in our new Neuroscience Undergraduate Major are especially encouraged to participate!  The timing of the keynote addresss will approximately coincide with our normal colloquium time on Wednesdays, but in a special environment!!  Everyone with an interest in chemosensory research (and a love of expert neuroanatomy!) is welcomed.  We will start the afternoon with a picnic lunch on the deck outside the pavilion.  Each of our supported trainees will provide 12- minute talks of their progress and future research plans that cover the physiology, behavior, molecular, or psychophysical explorations of olfaction or taste.  Following the short talks, we will take a break and enjoy a one hour river cruise for the mid afternoon.  We will then return for a special keynote address by Dr. Charles Greer, Department of Neurosurgery & Neuroscience, Yale School of Medicine who will speak  on "Determinants of cell fate in the olfactory system". An excerpt describing his lecture can be found below.   

Summary:

              The mechanisms regulating cell fate in the 6-layer neocortex have been widely studied.  Seminal insights from these studies have emerged into the role(s) of transcription factor up- and down-regulation, the impact of sensory experience and the importance of neurogenesis timing and migration.   In contrast, fewer studies have explored the operative mechanisms in 3-layer paleocortex (piriform and tubercle) or the olfactory bulb.  I will explore recent studies from my lab that address how mitral cell fate (location) in the olfactory bulb is a determinant of the type of input they receive.  Then, using a system we recently developed to track the origins and migration of paleocortical pyramidal neurons, we can discuss the features that distinguish neuronal fate in olfactory cortices versus neocortex.


Postdoctoral Training

Postdoctoral Scholars select a mentor from our team of faculty trainers and are encouraged to directly contact one or a number of trainers for employment opportunities and specific application procedures.  Scholars participate in semester-long rotating series of reading / practicum group with the trainers, annual special lecture series in the chemical senses, conference travel presentation of their research, and professional development activities with the FSU postdoctoral association.  Scholars are expected to develop an IDP with their selected mentor, and are coached in grant writing exercises to apply for extramural awards and fellowships.  Appointments are provided access to health insurance benefits, retirement option plans, seminole savings program, and an annual budget up to $7,200 for training-related expenses.  Salary is commensurate with level of experience as set by NIH institutional training grant guidelines.

We have recently hired a new postdoctoral trainee for our 2018 - 2020 training opportunity.  We will be hiring for a 2019 - 2021 training opportunity starting in January 2019.

Please see here for a list of faculty preceptors and potential research advisors for related training opportunities.

Hiring Requirements -

  • PhD in Biology, Psychology, Chemistry, Physics, Neuroscience, or related discipline
  • On-site or skype interview with the trainers
  • US Citizenship
  • Demonstrated publication and presentation accomplishment

Preference Given -

  • Candidates who are recent doctoral graduates
  • Candidates with past experience and future career interest as independent researchers in the chemosensory discipline
  • Strong scholastic aptitude
  • Highly motivated to join an interactive training program in the neurosciences

For questions concerning the Chemosensory Training Grant Program and its opportunities, please contact Debra Ann Fadool.


History      

Florida State University remains a rich training ground for postdoctoral scholars in the Chemosensory Sciences, initiating from pioneers in this discipline that built this scientific strength upon joining the university.   Professor Lloyd Beidler was called "the father of taste physiology",  coming to FSU in 1950, just as the university was making the transition to status as a major research institution, and his influence was strongly felt in the formation of the Department of Biological Science in 1956 from a collection of small teaching departments and the university's transformation into a major force in neuroscience research.  Professor Pasquale Graziadei was the first to propose in 1966, then demonstrate, that olfactory receptor neurons were continually generated in vivo – from the population of globose basal cells. He showed that olfactory neuron axons were critical in inducing the formation of their target, the olfactory bulb, during normal development.   Professor Michael Meredith joined FSU in 1981, and has been instrumental in guiding the field in functionally mapping brain regions responsible for socially relevant and non-relevant stimuli and exploring the effect of reproductive experience on chemosensory transmission.  Professors Meredith and Mark Berkley formally originated our Program in Neuroscience in 1991, and Meredith launched a successful training of predoctoral students and postdoctoral scholars by securing a training grant from the National Institutes of Health at the NIDCD in 1995.  After twenty years directing the training grant program, Professor Meredith serves as the co-director to team with Professor Debra Ann Fadool, the new director of the program. 


NIH Chemosensory Training Grant Program Today

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2015-2016 Trainees and Faculty Preceptors:  (front row) -Sean Odgen, Korshunov, Kassi Ferguson, Genevieve Bell, Michelle Bale, Erminia Fardone, (back row) - Debi Fadool, Lisa Eckel, Michael Meredith, Alan Spector, and Paul Trombley
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2016-2017 Trainees and Faculty Preceptors:  (front row) - Kirill Korshunov, Genevieve Bell, Sarah Baisley, Michelle Bale, Paul Trombley, (middle row) - Brandon Chelette, Wen Li, Debi Fadool, and Lisa Eckel,  (back row) - Tom Houpt, Michael Meredith, and Sean Ogden

Chemosensory Fall 2016 Retreat at Wakulla Springs

September 30th, noon to 5:30 pm

Retreat Flyer and Schedule 'Click' here  to download 

Check out photos from the Event - 'Click here' to view

There was a fall Chemosensory Training Grant Retreat at Wakulla Springs State Park at the Dogwood Pavilion.  The event was for our chemosensory trainees (postdoctoral and predoctoral), faculty, postdoctoral scholars, and interested scientists and students.  Everyone with an interest in chemosensory research was welcomed.  We started the afternoon with a picnic lunch on the deck outside the pavilion.  Each of our supported trainees provided 12- minute talks of their progress and future research plans that covered the physiology, behavior, molecular, or psychophysical explorations of olfaction or taste.  Following the short talks, we took a break and enjoyed a one hour river cruise for the mid afternoon.  We returned for a special keynote address by Dr. Robert J. Lee of the University of Pennsylvania  who spoke on "Bitter bodyguards and sweet sentinels:  taste receptors in airway immunity". An excerpt from his research page can be found below.   

 

"We study the epithelial cells that line the airway.  When airway cell function goes awry, it can lead to diseases such as cystic fibrosis (CF), asthma, chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), and allergy.  To understand how airway cells sense and respond to pathogens, we combine biochemistry and molecular biology with real-time measurements of airway cell signaling and associated physiological responses, including ciliary beating, calcium signaling, fluid secretion, ion transport, nitric oxide production, and antimicrobial peptide secretion.  Our goal is to better understand the cellular and molecular basis of airway diseases to identify novel molecular targets for new therapies." - Robert Lee

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