Neuro-Electronics Research Flanders

Farrow lab - PhD position

  • Date of Posting: 02.07.2018
  • Location: Leuven
  • Position: PhD


PhD position starting Sept 1st in the laboratories of Karl Farrow (NERF) and Lieve Moons (Dept. Biology KU Leuven). Candidates are expected to have a degree in life sciences, physical sciences or engineering, with a strong interest in neurogenerative diseases and recovery.

Prior experience in imaging, histology, molecular biology or computer science is an advantage. Interested applicants should send a statement of interest, CV and the contact information of 2-3 references to Karl Farrow and Lieve Moons.

The Project: The role of dendritic remodeling and mitochondria dynamics in the axonal regeneration in models of glaucoma

This project aims to determine if the if we can take advantage of the antagonistic interplay between dendritic and axon growth to develop a strategy to better promote axonal growth in experimental models of neurodegeneration in the eye.

This will involve characterizing the cell type dependency of this interplay; assessing the role of mitochondrial dynamics and the validation of potential molecules that enhances axonal growth in mice. The work will combine quantitative anatomy with ex-vivo and in-vivo imaging in mouse retinas using two-photon microscopy.

The candidate

  • Is well organized and eager to learn new technologies
  • Is creative and a goal oriented
  • Has good social skills and is a teamplayer
  • Is flexible
  • Has good communicative skills
  • Is enthusiastic to obtain new expertise


Contact Karl Farrow or Lieve Moons for more information

Group leader - NERF - imec, VIB and KU Leuven
Assistant Professor, Dept. Biology, KU Leuven
NERF - Kapeldreef 75 - B-3001 Leuven - Belgium
Phone: +32 16 28 1827
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Prof. Dr. Lieve Moons
Neural Circuit Development and Regeneration Research Group
Department of Biology, KU Leuven
Zoological Institute, Naamsestraat 61, bus 2464, 3000 Leuven, Belgium
Phone: 32-16-32 39 91