PhD committee

The members of this committee represent the PhD students from the EURON partners and provide input to adjust the EURON activities and to meet the needs and desires of the PhD students. The representatives are “ambassadors” for EURON at their home university. This way, we ensure that the EURON programmes fits the aspirations of our PhD candidates, and stimulates further networking among the students of our partner universities.

 

Maastricht University

Nina Possemis
My name is Nina Possemis and I am a second year PhD student at the Maastricht University and Alzheimer Centrum Limburg. My research focuses on the proof of concept (phase II clinical trial) of roflumilast, a selective phosphodiesterase-4 inhibitor (PDE-4) inhibitor, in clinical patients with mild cognitive impairment (MCI). I am interested in whether chronic administration of roflumilast will improve cognitive function in patients with MCI. I have joined EURON to represent not only the (micro)biological field but also represent other PhD students, who’s field of interest lies within the clinical perspective of research. I believe EURON can bring PhDs with similar interests together and we can use it as a stepping stone for the current and next chapter of our lives.
 

Anja Schöttler
My name is Anja Schöttler, and since the end of 2019 I’m a PhD-student at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. During my research I’m investigating the mechanisms of autoantibody-related neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis. My particular interest focuses on the involvement of the complement system during the development of MG, in vitro and in vivo.
Already during my bachelor and master studies I seized several opportunities to work in collaborating labs, regional but also abroad. The experiences and impressions I gained during these periods are priceless and will last forever. Therefore, I was immediately delighted when it came to the question if I would like to participate at EURON as a representative for UM. It is a great concept and easily allows PhD students to network, exchange “on the same level” and expand their horizons.

 

University of Hasselt

Melissa Schepers
My name is Melissa Schepers and I’m a joint PhD student working both in Hasselt University and Maastricht University. In my research project, we aim to find a repair-inducing therapy for progressive multiple sclerosis patients. For me EURON stands for possibilities. EURON offers you possibilities to start and broaden your personal scientific community. As a young scientist, you get the opportunity from EURON to develop essential skills required in your future career. For example, during the EURON PhD days, many PhD students get the opportunity to present and discuss their data with other EURON partners. Furthermore, EURON facilitates international collaborations by supporting researchers in the form of a travel grant and by organizing international, high level, on topic courses interesting for many neuroscientists.
 

Assia Tiane
I am Assia Tiane and I started my joint PhD between Hasselt University (Belgium) and Maastricht University (The Netherlands) on January 1st 2019. My research focuses on the epigenetic regulation of oligodendrocyte differentiation and remyelination in the context of progressive multiple sclerosis (MS). EURON has given me plenty opportunities to start new collaborations with partner universities and to boost my mobility during my PhD by joining international courses. As a member of the PhD committee I hope I can stimulate other PhD students to make use of the opportunities and advantages of the EURON network.

 

University of Lille

Alice Capuz
Currently doing I am doing my thesis at the PRISM Laboratory at the University of Lille in France, and I have been able to develop my interest in various fields such as immunology and neurology. During my first year, I participated in the PhD days meeting organized by EURON. This allowed me to discuss various fascinating research topics of neuroscience but also to discuss with other doctoral students and speakers about their experience and their research project. I really appreciated the friendliness and accessibility of the organizers. It’s for this that I want to join the EURON doctoral student’s committee, in order to help new scientific and share technological knowledge’s. Moreover, I would like to help doctoral students in their research or in their professional project. Joining this committee allows me to show students and doctoral students the various scientific and international advantages of EURON.
 

Guillaume Carey
My name is Guillaume Carey and I am a first year joined PhD student in Lille Neuroscience & Cognition center of University of Lille and in School for Mental Health and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. I am also a neurologist in the movement disorders unit of Lille University Medical Center (CHU Lille). I am working on the pathophysiology of anxiety in Parkinson’s disease using neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, 3D-T1). The year before I start my PhD project, I spent 6 months in Maastricht University to prepare my research. I earned the EURON mobility grant. Using this great experience, I want to help the PhD students in Lille who want to have this kind of experience too. Finally, I am sure that sharing scientific knowledge, networking and connection with different teams is an important key for good science. I join the EURON doctoral student’s committee for all of these reasons.

 

University of Cologne

Melina Overhoff
I am Melina (28) and cellular processes that are required to maintain neuronal functionality fascinate me. These passion I am following in the group of Dr. Natalia Kononenko in Cologne. In my PhD project, I focus on autophagy in different neuronal subtypes. I found that cAMP-dependent protein kinase signaling is controlled by autophagy via selective degradation of PKA regulatory subunit 1 (RI). Accumulation of PKA RI leads to defective PKA signaling and impairs the PKA-dependent phosphorylation of Ankyrin2, a known regulator of membrane localization of neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels in cells. My recent data indicate that the localization of voltage-gated calcium channel Cav2.1 is defective in autophagy-deficient neurons, which can be linked nicely to the mice phenotype of startle-induced seizures and impairment in memory formation. In EURON I see the big chance for young scientist to broaden their research competencies by the offered training programs and get part of a big international network with high expertise in the fascinating field of neuroscience!

 

University Catholique de Louvain

Dominika Šulcová
Originally from Czech Republic, I came to Belgium 3 years ago to start my PhD studies and to join the NOCIONS lab at the Institute of Neuroscience (IoNS) of UCLouvain, Brussels. In my research I use TMS, EEG and MRI to investigate systemic changes in the brain of patients in early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In my spare time I also like to play with other interesting conditions one can subject the human brain to, such as sustained painful stimulation with capsaicin or the state of zero gravity. And when I am not working, you would most likely find me in a bar enjoying Belgian beer, or in a yoga studio where I currently try to learn how to stand on my hands.  

In the past years I participated in several EURON workshops and each time I liked both the scientific content (often otherwise not available at our university) and the people involved in the organization. When the proposition came to organize EURON PhD days in Brussels, I volunteered – and got swallowed by the project. Now I’ve decided to help promoting EURON at UCLouvain because I really appreciate the opportunities it offers to PhD students, and I’d love to see the network grow and prosper beyond its home base in Maastricht.
 

Marion Dourte
My name is Marion Dourte and I started my thesis in October 2021 at the University of Louvain (Brussels), in the Aging and Dementia Laboratory. My project, which is also in collaboration with the University of Namur, focuses on brain cellular senescence and its possible role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. I am mainly working with a tauopathy mouse model, which is intended to be used for RNA sequencing and proteomic analyses at first. Joining the PhD committee represents a great opportunity for me to meet new people from different universities, to be able to represent my university and finally to promote the Euron workshops."

 

University of Luxembourg

Kyriaki Barmpa
My name is Kyriaki Barmpa and I am a PhD student at the University of Luxembourg in the Developmental and Cellular Biology group. One part of my project is the development of brain assembloids specific to midbrain and striatum, for developing a microenvironment of the nigrostriatal pathway. The second part is to use this model in Parkinson’s disease modelling to understand better the development and progression of the disease. In EURON, I am a representative of the University of Luxembourg and I aim to spread the word for the offered opportunities of networking and training.