Training the next generation of scientists is a priority at the Vollum. Graduate students and postdoctoral fellows receive highly individualized, hands-on training, working alongside Vollum scientists. Trainees also have multiple opportunities for collaboration.

Postdoctoral Training

The approximately 80 postdoctoral fellows at the Vollum are supported from institutional training grants, research grants, and special fellowships. Postdocs are recruited from across the U.S. and the world, and they receive training not only in their discipline but also in areas essential for their career—from scientific writing to lab management to scientific integrity. All trainees attend a weekly seminar series featuring distinguished scientists from institutions throughout the world. If you are interested in postdoctoral training at the Vollum, you should contact the individual faculty member whose research interests you.

For more information about postdoctoral training at OHSU and resources for postdocs—including information for international trainees—visit the OHSU Postdoctoral Fellows website.

Faculty placement for Vollum postdoctoral fellows

Congratulations to the following postdocs who have left the Vollum recently to assume faculty positions at other research institutions:

Jason ChristieJahr Lab
Group Leader, Synapse Physiology Group
Max Planck Florida Institute

Christopher FordWilliams Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology and Biophysics
Case Western Reserve University

Ryan HibbsGouaux Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Neuroscience
UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas

Jun-Hee Kimvon Gersdorff Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Geng-Lin Livon Gersdorff Lab
Assistant Professor, Biology Department
University of Massachusetts at Amherst

Bryan LuikartWestbrook Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Physiology & Neurobiology
Dartmouth Medical School

Satinder SinghGouaux Lab
Assistant Professor, Physiology Department
Yale University

Alexander SobolevskyGouaux Lab
Assistant Professor, Department of Biochemistry
Columbia University

Graduate Programs

Graduate students interested in working with Vollum scientists must first be enrolled in one of OHSU's basic science programs, such as the Neuroscience Graduate Program (NGP), the Program in Molecular and Cellular Biology (PMCB), or the MD/PhD program in the School of Medicine. The majority of the students in the Vollum are part of the Neuroscience Graduate Program, whose director is Gary Westbrook, MD. This program continues to draw new faculty from throughout the OHSU campus, ensuring students access to exceptional mentoring. The NGP is supported by several institutional training grants. The Vollum is also home to many students in the PMCB, a campus-wide program that includes the OHSU basic science departments.

Incoming student Beeson practices wet bench techniques during the NGP Bootcamp 2014NGP student Koberstein prepares the electrophysiology rig prior to patch clamping a live cell for recording