The Vollum Institute at OHSU (OHSU/Kristyna Wentz-Graff)The Vollum Institute is a privately endowed research institute at Oregon Health & Science University dedicated to basic research that will lead to new treatments for neurological and psychiatric diseases. Vollum scientists have broad-ranging interests that coalesce around molecular neurobiology and cellular physiology. Their work has transformed the field of neuroscience and, in particular, have provided important advances in the study of synaptic transmission, neuronal development, neurotransmitter transporters, ion channels and the neurobiology of disease.
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The Vollum welcomes Skyler Jackman

Skyler Jackman, Ph.D., is the newest faculty member to join the Vollum Institute

The Vollum Institute extends a warm welcome to assistant scientist Skyler Jackman, Ph.D. who arrived in early November. His research is centered on understanding how the brain uses short-term synaptic plasticity to perform the neural computations that underlie cognition. One goal of his lab is to identify the presynaptic calcium sensors that drive most forms of short-term plasticity.

The Jackman lab is growing and looking for motivated postdocs and research assistants who are interested in understanding the synaptic basis of neural processing and behavior. If you would like to join the lab, send a cover letter describing your past projects, scientific interests and career goals to jackmans@ohsu.edu. Please include your CV and the names, emails and phone numbers of three references.

Recognition for our early career awardees

Will Birdsong, Ph.D. (Research Assistant Professor), NIDA R01 Grant: "Opioid control of midline thalamo-cortico-striatal glutamate transmission"

Sandipan Chowdury, Ph.D., Gouaux Lab, Jane Coffin Childs Memorial Fund for Medical Research Fellowship: "Structure of the NR1-NR2A subtype of the NMDA receptor in the open state"

Reena Clements, Wright Lab, NSF Graduate Research Fellowship: "Dystroglycan stabilization of basement membranes regulates development of the visual system"

Farzad Jalali-Yazdi, Ph.D., Gouaux Lab, NIMH F32 Fellowship: "Elucidating the structual mechasnism of NMDA receptor modulation by cryo-electon microscopy"

Yunsik Kang, Ph.D., Freeman Lab, Damon Runyon Cancer Research Fellowship: "Molecular mechanisms regulating phagaocytosis of neurons"

Patrick Kerstein, Ph.D., Wright Lab, Collins Medical Trust Grant: "The role of Robo receptors during visual circuit development" and Knights Templar Eye Foundation Career Starter Research Grant: "Transcriptional control of retinal circuit development"

Andrew Slupe, M.D.,Ph.D., Wright Lab (Anesthesiology Fellow), Medical Research Foundation Early Clinical Investigator Grant: "Modeling age-associated susceptibility to cognitive dysfunction following exposure to volatile anesthetics in rodents"

Nate Yoder, Gouaux Lab, NINDS F31 Predoctoral Fellowship: "Structure of an "Acid Sensing Ion Channel in a resting state at high pH"