Kotra Research Group is a multidisciplinary research group investigating at the intersection of medicinal chemistry, drug action, preformulations and pre/clinical studies. Kotra’s laboratory has successfully translated basic research into advanced preclinical and clinical studies. Over the past 20+ years, Kotra’s lab has maintained high standards to conduct cutting edge research, including various regulatory clearances to conduct research with controlled substances such as medical cannabis.

Current research programs in Kotra’s laboratory include chemical/preclinical/clinical research on medical cannabis, cannabinoids and CNS-acting agents such as psychadelic molecules including on various cellular and organ systems, antivirals in organ transplant, disease-modifying therapies targeting multiple sclerosis and neurodegenerative disorders, discovery of small molecules targeting thrombocytopenia, development of treatment strategies for chronic rhinosinusitis (CRS), and clinical development of Kopakamal as an antimalarial agent. 

We are very proud of our collaborative network who are world-class, committed research groups to help advance the efforts towards meaningful clinical solutions.

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Postdoctoral position(s) in animal models of autoimmune, neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases.

Postdoctoral positions are available immediately in the area of animal models of autoimmune, neurodegenerative and neuropsychiatric diseases in Kotra laboratory at University Health Network. Upto two positions may be filled and successful applicants will be appointed for one year initially with an option to renew for a second year with mutual agreement. The successful applicant(s) would have completed or near completing PhD in immunology, neurosciences, neuropsychiatry or related areas with proven track-record of publications. Applicants would have experience in conducting in vivo experiments in the animal models, specifically animal models of multiple sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease, major depression disorder or related areas, tissue collection, analyses, as well as knowledge to relate to relevant clinical studies. Successful candidate(s) will join a multi-disciplinary team of experts in Kotra laboratory (https://www.kotragroup.org) contributing to an industry-sponsored research project. Interested applicants should send their CV with publications and a cover letter along with contact information for at least two referees to Lakshmi.kotra@uhnresearch.ca. All applicants will be due consideration, until suitable applicant(s) are recruited.

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