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"I come from Porto, a beautiful city in Portugal where I lived my whole life and also where I completed my BSc in Biochemistry and MSc in Neurobiology. My MSc project was focused on understanding the effect of Transthyretin in the brain vasculature. Now, I moved to Heidelberg to study at the University of Heidelberg as a HBIGS PhD student. In Ruiz de Almodovar’s lab, my PhD project will be focused on understanding the molecular mechanisms controlling the neuro-vascular communication during Neural Tube vascularization."

"I obtained by diploma in Biochemistry at the Catholic University of Chile in Santiago graduating with a thesis focused in studying the role of angiogenic factors secreted by bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells in regulating cortical embryonic neural stem cells properties. After obtaining a Scholarship for my doctorate studies, I joined Carmens’ lab in August 2013 as a HBIGS PhD student interested to understand on how the neurovascular crosstalk drives spinal cord development. For this I make use of mouse genetics, using the Cre-lox recombination system to ablate certain angiogenic factors in specific spinal neural domains. I combine this with in vitro approaches isolating neural progenitors from the embryonic spinal cord. I also plan to study motor nerve targeting and complement these experiments with locomotor behavioral assays."

I completed my undergraduate studies in Molecular Biology and Genetics at the Democritus University of Thrace in Greece. After conducting my diploma thesis in the field of Molecular and Developmental Neurobiology, I joined the lab of Prof. Dr. Stephan Kröger at Ludwig-Maximilians-University for my Ph.D. During this time my work focused on unraveling mechanisms involved in dendritic development and spine formation in CNS neurons. Currently, in the Ruiz de Almodovar lab, my post-doctoral research focuses on neurovascular homeostasis.

I moved and lost my heart in Heidelberg back in 2008 :). I studied Biology at the Heidelberg University and finished my Bachelor degree in the DKFZ, investigating the vascular singling pathway of Angiopoietins. I continued my Master in Heidelberg and decided to focus in the field of Neuroscience. After finishing my Master thesis at the MIT in Boston I started my PhD in Ruiz de Almodovar's lab. I am happy to pair different biological fields and previous research interests when now studying the role of Angiopoietins during neuronal development.

"I did my undergraduate studies in Microbiology from University of Mumbai, India. After finishing my Masters in Health Sciences (also from India), I got into the CIM-IMPRS (Cells in Motion and International Max Planck Research School) graduate school in Münster, Germany. I finished my PhD under the supervision of Prof. Andreas Püschel in developmental neuroscience and cell biology. In early 2016, I headed to University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada and did a brief postdoctoral research in the lab of Prof. Shernaz Bamji in the field of neuroscience and mental disorders. I returned back to Germany by the end of 2017 and joined the research group of Carmen, with an interest in understanding the crosstalk between the developing brain and invading vasculature in the CNS."

"After finishing my Masters in Neurosciences at the University of Heidelberg, I stepped into new fields and became interested in vascular homeostasis and barrier formation. In particular, in Ruiz de Almodovar’s lab my PhD project focuses on studying how endothelial cells are protected from cell death and how apoptotic related molecules might control vascular properties."

Lab Alumni

Aida Freire Valls

(Phd Student 2014-2019)

Xiaohong Wang

(Postdoc 2013-2018)
Current position: Full professor at Tianjin Medical University, China

Rosario Yerbes

Postdoc 2012 - 2015
Current position: Senior postdoc at Cabimer (Sevilla, Spain)

Severino Urban

PhD student 2011 - 2016
Current position: Consultant at Gempex GMBH

Patricia Himmels


PhD student 2013-2017
Current position: Postdoc at Genentech (San Francisco, USA)