Internship: Studying the mechanism of dementia
The brain contains billions of nerve cells and even more glial cells. The two cell types cooperate to orchestrate neural activity, by which our memories are stored, and our behaviours produced. While nerve cells generate electrical impulses, some specific glial cell types, like microglia and astrocytes, maintain connectivity between the nerve cells. Dysfunction of glial cells causes disturbed connectivity and network dysfunction diseases such as Alzheimer’s (AD). The aim of our research is to unravel the functional properties of signal propagation in neurons and glial cells. This research will provide new fundamental insights into dementia development and, ultimately, could improve the cognitive dysfunctions of AD patients.
An internship is available for interns (MSc level) with interest in a career in a research environment, providing experimental lab support and learning to independently execute a research project. In this internship, you will be involved in with the local field potential recordings from various brain areas, immunohistochemistry, and subsequent data acquisition with cognitive behaviour measurement and data analysis using Matlab and machine learning. You are highly motivated and self-driven and work accurately. Holding an Art. 9 or 12 degree is an advantage but not required. You will be responsible for animal experiments and perform cognitive behavioural and EEG recordings. You will participate in the lab meetings and contribute to conducting experiments, data analyses and presentations. We will guide by experts, a vibrant research group and a great learning environment to get accomplished with advanced neuron-glia research methods.
Interested candidates are welcome to visit us. Letters of intent (and your CV) can be sent to: