Andreas studied Psychology (BSc) at the University of Maastricht, the Netherlands and Flinders University, Adelaide, Australia. After obtaining a MSc in Neuropsychology at Maastricht University, Andreas conducted his doctoral research at Cardiff University in the Brain Repair Group under the tutelage of Steve Dunnett and Anne Rosser where he used simple and complex behavioural tasks to assess lesion-induced deficits and graft-induced behavioural recovery in a rodent model of Parkinson's disease. Andreas has conducted two post-doctoral periods at Lund University, with Malin Parmar (working on the preclinical assessment of dopaminergic human ES cell grafts) and Martin Lundblad (working on the detection of Dopamine release from transplants) from 2013-2016 , and Tomas Björklund (using chemogenetics to manipulate cell activity) from 2016-2018 focussing on the selective and reversible modulation of cell activity using chemogenetics.
Andreas was awarded a post-doc stipend by the Swedish Society for Medical Research (SSMF) and subsequently an establishing grant by the Swedish Research Council (VR) to start his independent research group in June 2018 focusing on brain-behaviour relationships and disase modelling.
Matilde has studied Biotechnology at the University of Padua (Italy). Then she has completed her Master degree in Cellular and Molecular Biotechnology at the University of Trento (Italy) and the practical part as a research placement at Lund University (Sweden), in the Translational Neurogenetics Group. She has since completed the preparatory PhD course "Human Biology" financed by a grant form the Parkinsonsfonden. Matilde's project involves the generation and characterisation of a novel alpha-synuclein overexpression model of Parkinson's disaese.
In August 2018 Matilde started her doctoral studies on the assessment of non-motor deficits in a novel alpha-synuclein overexpression model. Her current projects involve the use of molecular biology, AAV vector production, complex behavioural testing, electrochemical recordings and opto/chemogenetics.
Francesco got his Undergraduate degree in Applied Clinical Psychology and Medicine in University of Rome - La Sapienza working on PTSD. He completed a MSc in Molecular Biotechnology at Jagiellonian University, Kraków - Poland working on stem cells derived extracellular vesicles (EVs) for cardiac regeneration. In December 2019 he obtained his PhD in CEA-MIRCen (Paris) working within the EU Marie-Curie Grant in the development of an injectable hydrogel for cellular therapy in Parkinson's Disease.
Francesco joined BNL in February 2020 for his post doctoral research project. He will focus on the behavioural characterisation of our novel AAV-vector based preclinical rodent model of Parkinson's disease.
Giuseppe is conducting his MSc research with us in the 2020/21 semester. His research project will focus on disease modelleing and the assessment of Viral Vectors for transgene expression.
Swantje is joining the BNL in January 2020. She will be working on the development of viral vectors for gene therapy. Her focus will be on investigation into the immune response after injection of AAV vectors into the midbrain as part of her BSc degree. Swantje is joined supervised by BNL and Marcus Davidsson at Barrow Neurological Institute, Phoenix, USA.
Anita will conduct a summer research project in our group with Francesco. Anita will study the effects of alpha-synuclein overexpression on non-motor symptoms in a choice reaction time task in rats.
Previous lab members:
Trento University, Italy
Maastricht University, NL
Keele University, UK
CPE Lyon, France
Medical exchange student
Nottingham University, UK
Trento University, Italy
Medical exchange student
Naomi's last day: Beer & Dumplings
Ice cream Tuesdays :-)
Photoshoot for our new AAV-production methods submission.
Successfull implantation of an optrode for the new fiber-photometry system.
Coding club continues on zoom
Luca graduated in Italy! BRAVO Luca!
UniStem Day 2020
Happy 21st Birthday!!!
DIS student exchange vistit to BMC - Naomi and Matilde explaing histology and electrochemistry
Hello World : BMC Coding club in action
Floor christmas party
BNL at NECTAR 2019 in Cardiff
Parkinsonskåne visits Lund University
Last day of summer BBQ
Marcus in the news!!!
First year as PhD student and still smiling :-)
Welcoming our 2 Candian exchange students, great to have you in the lab!
Two legends of dopamine
Look who's back :)
Barry Everitt visiting :-)
Woman in STEM
Introducing our work to the BMC
Easterbunny visit to BNL
CPR Training 2019
The Queen of BMC has left! Good luck at KAVLI Vale!
First Echem recordings in mice! #Teameffort
Happy Birthday Marcus
Christmas time at BNL
Luca building optrodes
ERC training camp 2018
Need for sugar
Matilde's first day as PhD student: Let the journey begin
The new equiptment has arrived: Optogenetics, Soldering, Operant boxes
Great new colleagues
Italian Sunday lunch
Matilde welcoming the newst team member
The new labspace
Malmö reptile center
Nailing of Thesis: Dr. Davidsson
Cake or Death! #Fika
Summer BBQ 2018
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