Genes, Development And Behavior
Department of Translational Neuroscience
Utrecht, The Netherlands

Student Projects

Role of genes in energy balance and feeding behavior

Aim: determine the role of genes in the brain by studying gene expression and local knockdown of genes by RNAi
Experimental work: injection of AAV in rat brain, behavioural analysis, neuroanatomy

Contact: Roger Adan

Unravelling mechanisms of overconsumption

Aim: determine the neural substrate that underlies overconsumption
Experimental work: behavioural analysis, neuroanatomical techniques (in situ hybridisation etc)

Contact: Roger Adan

In vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to study food choice

Aim: apply in vivo electrophysiology and optogenetics to relate neuronal firing to feeding
Experimental work: viral vector technology, behavior, electrophysiology, optogenetics


Contact: Roger Adan

Neural mechanisms underlying anorectic behaviors

Aim: to understand which neural circuits and signaling pathways underly the loss of appetite
Experimental work: behavioral analysis, viral vector technology, neuroanatomy

Contact: Roger Adan

Optogenetics and DREADD technology to understand neural circuits of feeding behavior

Aim: determine the role of specific neural circuits in feeding
Experimental work: optogenetics, DREADD pharmacology, molecular biology

Contact: Roger Adan

Food reward and the role of dopamine in feeding

Aim: to delineate whether palatable food is addictive and determine neural circuits related to this
Experimental work: behavioral analysis, viral vector technology, neuroanatomy

Contact: Roger Adan