Introduction of the students and their goals.
The BrainTrain research program is composed of 4 scientific Research Teams with 3 trainees each and 1 scientific Research Team with 5 trainees. Students were offered a full traineeship to obtain their PhD at one of our renowned partner universities. They benefited from various worldwide network training events. They worked across different laboratories involved, and created a multidisciplinary working attitude.

Research Team 1

Genetics of the healthy and diseased brain

Ashutosh Dhingra

Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Peter Heutink
Clinical Genetics, Section Medical Genomics, VU Medical Center, Amsterdam


Dave Tang

Supervisor: Dr. Piero Carninci
Omics Science Center, RIKEN Yokohama Institute, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama, Japan


Cornelis Blauwendraat

Supervisor: Dr. Patrizia Rizzu
Deutsches Zentrum für Neurodegenerative Erkrankungen e.V. (DZNE), Applied Genomics for Neurodegenerative Diseases ,Tubingen, Germany


Research Team 2

The Synaptic Interactome

Nikhil Pandya

Supervisor: Prof Guus Smit
Department of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology, CNCR, VU Amsterdam, The Netherlands.


Juan Carlos Valenzuela Macaya

Supervisor: Prof. Eckhardt Gundelfinger
Institute of Anatomy and Cell biology / Center for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IZN), Magdeburg, Germany


Christian Seeger

Supervisor: Prof. Helena Danielson
Beactica AB, Uppsala, Sweden



Research Team 3

Functional Genomics of the Synapse

Julia Kurps

Supervisor: Dr. Heidi De Wit (coördinator)
Dept of Functional Genomics, CNCR, Secretory Vesicle Trafficking group, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Laszlo Bicskei

Supervisor: Prof. Angus Silver
University College London, Department of Neuroscience, Physiology and Pharmacology London, The United Kingdom


Min Seol

Supervisor: Prof. Tomas Kuner
Institute of Anatomy and Cell biology / Center for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience (IZN), Heidelberg, Germany



Research Team 4

Synaptic plasticity in neural networks

Ioannis Kramvis

Supervisor: Dr. Rhiannon Meredith
Sylics and CNCR, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Julia Dawitz

Supervisor: Dr. Rhiannon Meredith
Dept of Integrative Neurophysiology, CNCR, VU University Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Nicholas Rajan

Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Bagni
VIB, Leuven, Belgium


Giorgio La Fata

Supervisor: Prof. Claudia Bagni
Department of Molecular and Developmental Genetics, Leuven, Belgium


Sylvia Lombardo

Supervisor: Dr. Uwe Maskos
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS) / Laboratory of Integrative Neurobiology of Cholinergic Systems, Paris, France



Research Team 5

Synaptic transmission and behavioral function

Torben Hager

Supervisor: Dr. Oliver Stiedl
Behavioral Neuroscience Group and Sylics, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Tiberiu Stan

Supervisor: Dr. Per Svenningsson
Dept. of Physiology and Pharmacology, Karolinska Institutet, Stockholm, Sweden


Suriya Navaneetha Manivannan

Supervisor: Dr. Christian Gutzen
Biobserve, Bonn, Germany