PhD season has arrived a glimpse of the top-shelf selection

29 September 2017

​Every two years, VIB gives students from all over the world the chance to win an international PhD scholarship. For the most recent batch of scholarships, 252 candidates applied. The process is straight-forward: they select their favorite projects, fill out a couple of forms and submit them online. On top of that, every applicant needs at least two recommendations from fellow scientists. The Program Committee of the International PhD Program then decides who makes the cut.

In October, eight carefully selected PhD students will kick-start their careers at VIB. They get to use our research facilities and work with our staff on the front lines of molecular, developmental, structural or plant
systems biology, genetics, biochemistry and microbiology.
The lucky ones:

  • Sweta Parik (India) - Boosting the metabolic fitness of cytotoxic T-cells to fight cancer - Sarah-Maria
    Fendt (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology) and Jo Van Ginderachter (VIB Center for Inflammation Research, at VUB)
  • Dennis Pedri (Italy) - Search for biomarkers and therapeutic targets within the biomolecular composition of plasma membranes of metastatic melanoma cells - Wim Annaert (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research) and Jean-Christophe Marine (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Cancer Biology)
  • Anna Zimmerman (Germany) - Using a highly-evolvable synthetic yeast chromosome to optimize
    second-generation biofuel production - Kevin Verstrepen (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) and Yves Van de Peer (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology)
  • Donya Parkravan (Ireland) - Role of the vacuolar protein sorting gene VPS13C in the pathogenesis of
    frontotemporal dementia - Wim Annaert (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain & Disease Research and
    Christine Van Broeckhoven (VIB-UAntwerp Center for Molecular Neurology)
  • Seowoo Kim (South-Korea) - Abscisic acid: health effects, biosynthesis and signaling in humans - Rudi Beyaert (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research) and Alain Goossens (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology)
  • Qiaozhi Yu (China) - The molecular and structural basis of a signaling peptide-receptor pair involved in root development in Arabidopsis thaliana - Tom Beeckman (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology) and Savvas Savvides (VIB-UGent Center for Inflammation Research)
  • Ivica Odorcic (Croatia) - Structural biology of Alzheimer’s disease - Rouslan Efremov (VIB-VUB Center
    for Structural Biology) and Lucía Chávez Gutiérrez (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Brain &
    Disease Research)
  • Stefania Morales (Chile) - Investigation of the molecular mechanisms underlying the role of trehalose or trehalose-6-P in lateral root and trichome development - Patrick Van Dijck (VIB-KU Leuven Center for Microbiology) and Tom Beeckman (VIB-UGent Center for Plant Systems Biology)

 

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