Postdoctoral Fellow – Parkinson’s disease pathogenesis


Van Andel Institute


Grand Rapids, Michigan

Principal Investigator

Michael Henderson



The Henderson Lab, in the Center for Neurodegenerative Science, is currently building a research team for the study of neurodegenerative diseases. The lab utilizes cell and animal models of neurodegenerative disease to explore the underlying cause of disease and develop therapeutics for treatment. T postdoctoral fellow will lead a research project aimed at understanding how pathological α-synuclein disrupts cellular signaling in Parkinson’s disease and utilizing that knowledge to develop therapeutics for Parkinson’s disease.

Roles: A postdoc is a leader in the laboratory. The successful candidate will take a lead role on this important project, including performing experiments, analyzing data and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed publications. Dr. Henderson will support the postdoc in his or her studies and prepare him or her for advancement to academic, pharmaceutical, or other careers.



  • M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in cell biology, neuroscience, or a related field
  • A track record of high-impact peer-reviewed publications

Desired Skills - In addition to a responsible and collaborative ethos, candidates should possess a strong background in:

  • Sterile cell culture
  • Biochemistry (protein extraction, Western blot)
  • Microscopy
  • Animal research
  • Oral and written communication

Candidates with the following expertise Will be Preferred:

  • High-throughput microscopy optimization and analysis
  • Cell-based screens
  • Live cell imaging
  • Animal surgery