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Department of Neurochemistry


Martin Horák, PhD


Project title

Delineating the mechanisms that regulate NMDA receptors in mammalian neurons


Martin Horák, PhD

Project description

N-methyl-D-aspartate receptors (NMDARs) are a subclass of glutamate ion channels that play a critical role in excitatory neurotransmission in the mammalian brain. For this PhD project, you will study the molecular mechanisms that i) regulate the early transport of NMDARs from the endoplasmic reticulum to the neuronal surface, and ii) regulate the surface mobility and synaptic localization of individual NMDAR subtypes. To do this, you will combine advanced molecular biology approaches including lentiviral preparation, biochemistry including Western blotting and co-immunoprecipitation, live microscopy including quantum dot tracking of NMDARs, super-resolution microscopy approaches including dSTORM and SIM combined with nanobodies, and electrophysiology in autaptic hippocampal neurons from unique knock-out mouse models.

Candidate profile

M.Sc. (Mgr.) degree or equivalent in (bio)chemistry, molecular/cellular biology, neuroscience, physiology or medicine; strong interest in conducting basic research in the field of glutamate receptors.

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