NERVSPAN - MSCA European Doctoral Network
Molecular plasticity of neurons during C. elegans lifespan
Our network will develop an integrative approach to study various aspects of neuronal physiology throughout the lifespan of males and hermaphrodite worms.
Over their development and ageing, neurons undergo dramatic morphological changes, including axonal growth, dendritogenesis, synaptogenesis,
and circuit remodelling, while maintaining their identity and function. As cellular and environmental contexts vary over time in a living organism, individual cell identity and functionality need to be preserved through plasticity of intracellular molecular networks.
We will look at specific neurons at several junctures of the lifespan of C. elegans to capture the full range of cellular states that stay within the boundaries of the functional neuron's identity versus cellular states associated with its dysfunction.
As a doctoral candidate within the NERVSPAN network, you will have the opportunity to work with leading academics and industrial partners from across Europe, gaining valuable experience in international collaboration and cutting-edge research. You will also benefit from a comprehensive training program that includes workshops, courses, and secondments, all aimed at enhancing your research and professional skills.
The NERVSPAN (2023-2028) doctoral network is funded by the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the European Union's reference programme for doctoral education and postdoctoral training.