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PhD position, Rodent neuroMRI to study perfusion and BOLD-based functional connectivity - 2019BAPFFBDEF187Posted by: University of Antwerp
Posted date: 2019-Jun-26
University of Antwerp is seeking to fill the following full time vacancy (m/f) at the Department of Biomedical Sciences of the Faculty of Pharmacy-Veterinary and Biomedical sciences
PhD position in rodent neuroMRI to study perfusion and BOLD-based functional connectivity
A doctoral position is available for a multidisciplinary project that aims to study an animal model for Huntington’s Disease (HD) using different MRI modalities. The Bio-Imaging Lab has already great expertise in acquiring and analyzing BOLD-based functional connectivity (FC), perfusion (pCASL) data. In this project, the doctoral student will characterize the Q175 mouse model for HD and study the impact of mHTT suppression strategies, using advanced multimodal in vivo imaging techniques (MRI (brain perfusion, FC and quasi periodic (brain activity) patterns (QPP)) & PET) and immunohistochemistry. Data will be acquired on 7T and 9,4 T Bruker scanners. The project is multidisciplinary and masters a wide range of techniques including acquiring data of dedicated animal models, and image analysis.
The core R&D activity of the Bio-Imaging lab is experimental high resolution neuroMRIfocusing on neurodegeneration, neuromodulation and neuroplasticity. The research is performed on rat and mouse models for different human neuropathologies and on songbirds as a model for neuroplasticity and learning. We have two 7Tesla 16 cm and one 9.4Tesla 20 cm horizontal bore in-vivo MRI scanners and a cryocoil from Bruker (Germany) and a desktop 4.7Tesla from MRSolutions (UK)).
Our group has access to micro PET/SPECT/CT and BLI and advanced image processing through other UA research teams with whom we are clustered into a large UA imaging consortium EGAMI (Expert Group Antwerp Molecular Imaging).
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