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RAP opportunity at Air Force Science and Technology Fellowship Program     AF STFP

Investigation of Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Field Effects


711th Human Performance Wing, RHD/Bioeffects Group

opportunity location
13.15.10.B8221 Fort Sam Houston, TX 78234


name email phone
Ibtissam Echchgadda 210.539.8004


The mission of the AFRL's Radio Frequency Research Branch (RHDR) is to investigate the fundamental mechanisms underlying the interaction of directed energy with biological systems. One of the goals is to exploit radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF, frequencies in MHz to THz range) to modulate neuronal circuits. We assess the RF-EMF frequencies and intensities that positively or negatively modulate the neuronal network. Specifically, we seek to provide a scientific basis to answer the following questions: (1) What are the exact biophysical and biochemical mechanisms that govern RF-EMF interaction with neuronal systems? (2) Can these mechanisms be exploited for selective stimulation of neuronal activity and communication? 3) Can these mechanisms be exploited to provide cellular resilience through stimulation of adaptive responses (hormesis phenomenon)? Our current work investigates the effect of RF on neuronal cells and brain slices. We examine changes in neuronal cell processes and cell morphology, gene expression, epigenetic patterns, and intrinsic and evoked synaptic transmission.

Our team has widespread expertise in several research areas, including biophysics, molecular and cellular biology, computer science, genomics, bioinformatics and proteomics, as well as physics, optics and biomedical engineering. Our team also collaborates with other government entities, and with academia and industry.

key words
Electromagnetic Field; Radiofrequency; Dosimetry; Biophysical effects; Neurons; Cell culture; Microtubules; Microscopy; Molecular and Cellular Biology; Electrophysiology


Citizenship:  Open to U.S. citizens
Level:  Open to Postdoctoral and Senior applicants


Base Stipend Travel Allotment Supplementation
$95,000.00 $5,000.00

Experience Supplement:
Postdoctoral and Senior Associates will receive an appropriately higher stipend based on the number of years of experience past their PhD.

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