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Theme 3: Plasticity and Memory

Neurodevelopment

Donders-PLASTICITY-MEMORY-screen thema 3My primary research interest lies in the question how cells of our developing brain communicate with each other in order to establish a specialized area dedicated to a specific function.

Proper functioning of every region of the brain requires that selective subsets of cells communicate effectively with each other, allowing them to transduce information in a meaningful way. In addition, specific communication strategies are utilized in distinct processes in the development and function of the nervous system. These strategies may be dictated by intrinsic factors, such as regulators of particular genes, or extrinsic influences, such as experience-based changes in cell-cell communication.

My overall aim is to elucidate the molecular basis of developing brain areas, specifically those involved in neurodevelopmental disorders using state-of-the-art in vitro and in vivo functional approaches like in utero electroporation. This may help to understand the etiology of neurodevelopmental disorders and contribute to better treatment strategies.

Contact
Name: Sharon Kolk
Telephone: 024-3652580
Email: sharon.kolk@donders.ru.nl
Visiting address: Huygensgebouw, room HG00.113
Heyendaalseweg 135 (intern PO 91)
6525 AJ Nijmegen
The Netherlands
Postal address: Donders Centre for Neuroscience 
dept. Moleculaire Neurobiologie
P.O. Box 9101(intern PO 91)
6500 HB Nijmegen
The Netherlands

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Theme 3:
Plasticity and Memory

Donders
Research Group
Neurodevelopment


Aspiring Principal Investigator
Dr. S.M. Kolk

Group members:

PhD students
Sara Sebastiani
Marta Samina 
Jet van der Spek (via RadboudUMC)
Sabrina Hanswijk (via RadboudUMC)
Jurjan Havelaar (via RadboudUMC)

Teaching Innovation Assistants
Laurens Kirkels
Juliette Monquil

Technicians
Manon Fleming-Vincenten
Lotte Wekking

Student-assistent
Laura Olmedo

Master student
Corne van Roessel

Bachelor students
Roos Kockelkoren
Joery Vliex

(Update April 2022)