Institute for Neuroscience - IN


Institute for Neuroscience - IN

Institute for Neuroscience (IN). The mission of the IN is to investigate the development, structure and function of the nervous system in normal and pathological conditions. The general objective is to improve the understanding of the healthy brain, in order to shed light on dysfunctions leading to disease. This goal is recognized as the main challenge faced by modern biology.

Duration: 6 months. In individual cases and with approval of the host research center, the planned research may be split in two stays within two years after the fellowship has been awarded.
Working language: English
Academic Requirements: PhD with at least 3 years of post-doctoral professional experience 
Documents required: As in the application form

The IN is organised into three interconnected Research Departments, each comprising a varying number of independent research groups. These three departments are:

  • Cellular & Systems Neurobiology. It focuses on the function of the cerebral cortex and several sensory systems, primarily using electrophysiological, computational and imaging approaches.
  • Developmental Neurobiology. It is devoted to study the development of the nervous system both in vertebrate (mouse, chicken and fish) and invertebrate (Drosophila) embryos. Main research lines include pattern formation, growth control, cell migration, neurogenesis, axonal guidance and synaptogenesis. To this purpose researchers undertake genetic, cellular, molecular and experimental embryology approaches.
  • Molecular Neurobiology and Neuropathology. It carries out research aimed to understand essential functions of the nervous system using primarily molecular approaches. Towards this end, researchers use biochemistry, pharmacology, molecular biology and molecular genetics techniques (frequently combined with other techniques such as electrophysiology or behaviour). A wide variety of biological processes are investigated, from structure and function of neuroreceptors and ion channels, to the regulation of neurosecretion, axonal myelination, signal transduction and activity driven gene expression.

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