Virginia Tech Research Assistant in Blacksburg, Virginia

Research Assistant needed to accomplish studies within the Traumatic Nerve Technologies Laboratory within the Department of Biomedical Engineering and Mechanics. The primary research project for this position focuses on brain injury and potential treatments which may enhance recovery from injury. Animal models will be used to conduct experiments to determine the cognitive and histological response to trauma. Various brain assessments will be conducted following exposure to differing levels of impact. Brain injury will be assessed using molecular techniques, MRI and specialized microscopy measurements. An increased emphasis on assessing brain injury and repair will involve histological and molecular evaluation of tissues. Additional work will be done to evaluate blood levels of specific biomarkers in order to understand the injury severity and recovery patterns.