University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) Peng Chao’s group is looking for postdoctoral and visiting scholars

Scholarship:  Fully-funded
Degree:   Ph.D.
Nationality: International Students
Location: USA
Application deadlines: Open

Scholarship Description:

Dr. Chao Peng joined UCLA in January 2020 as a tenure track assistant professor. He completed his postdoctoral training with Virginia Lee (Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging) and John Trojanowski (Fellow of the American Academy of Medical Sciences, Fellow of the Academy of Arts and Sciences, and Director of the University of Pennsylvania Institute on Aging). Dr Chao Peng has focused on the molecular mechanisms underlying the development of a variety of neurodegenerative diseases, including Parkinson’s disease, multiple system atrophy, and Alzheimer’s disease, revealing a unique perspective on the origins of disease diversity and building next-generation disease models. He has published high quality papers in top journals such as Nature, Nature Neuroscience, Nature Reviews Neurology as first or corresponding author. Lab website:

The laboratory will provide a first-class research environment, a competitive salary package, a relaxed, positive and cooperative research atmosphere, and will fully support the career development of laboratory members.

Available Subjects:

  • The group is dedicated to studying the developmental mechanisms of various neurodegenerative diseases including Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease, Lewy body dementia, and multiple system atrophy. Using the latest generation of disease models, a combination of proteomic, multiple transcriptomic, and genetic approaches, and relying on the UCLA Pathology Sample Bank, we are systematically investigating the following questions: (1) The molecular mechanisms of misfolded protein amplification in neural networks. (2) The effects of misfolded proteins on neurological function. (3) Methods for blocking or reversing protein misfolding. (4) Other biological issues related to the development of neurodegenerative diseases.

Eligibility criteria:

  1. have obtained or will obtain a PhD degree and published papers in important academic journals as first author.
  2. be conscientious, passionate about research, have academic aspirations, and have a rigorous research attitude and team spirit.
  3. have good communication and writing skills in English.
  4. Preference will be given to candidates with relevant research experience in neurobiology, biochemistry, bioinformatics, protein purification, etc. Other candidates with a strong interest in biology and medicine are also welcome to interview and communicate with the laboratory.

Application Procedure:

  • Please combine your CV, names of referees and other electronic documents that demonstrate your ability to work in the field into one PDF file and send it to [email protected] with the subject line “Job Application + Name + Graduation Institution”. Suitable candidates will be interviewed as soon as possible.