Vitaly Klyachko, PhD

Professor, Cell Biology & Physiology

Our research focuses on the mechanisms of synaptic transmission. We utilize cutting-edge multi-color super-resolution imaging tools to examine synaptic function and dysfunction in the brain at molecular, cellular and circuit levels. Our major current directions are to understand how neurotransmitter release is organized and regulated in individual central synapses, and to link dysregulation in synaptic and cellular processes with the circuit and ultimately behavioral impairments observed in autism and Fragile X syndrome. We have recently expanded our interests towards elucidating the role of glia in modulating synaptic function and plasticity.

Research keywords: synaptic transmission; super-resolution microscopy; glia

Basic information

Mentoring statement:I deeply devoted to mentoring, and have successfully trained over ten postdocs, but I do not have a publicly available mentorship statement. I am happy to discuss it with perspective applicants.
Some former postdocs’ career outcomes:My lab has had 12 postdoctoral trainees. Four former postdoc trainees obtained faculty positions in the US universities, including two at Washington University. Two postdocs are currently on the job market looking to move to faculty positions. Five other postdocs obtained research scientist or consulting positions in the industry in the US and internationally (including Israel, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Netherlands). One trainee continued training in academia with a postdoc position in another lab at Washington University.

Postdoc openings within the next year

Number of postdoc positions:2
Postdoc eligibility:U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents
Current Visa-Holding Trainees in the U.S.
International Trainees Outside the U.S.