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Neuroscience PhD studentship in the field of neuron-astrocyte interactions

A neuroscience PhD studentship in the field of neuron-astrocyte interactions is available in our lab.

Hippocampal astrocytes and neurons interact on the synaptic level via various signalling cascades and thereby shape information processing in the brain. This interaction requires close proximity between synapses and astrocyte processes and thus depends on astrocyte morphology and its changes. The signalling pathways that acutely control astrocyte morphology are largely unexplored. It is the objective of the advertised PhD student position to close this gap. The prospective PhD student will study how astrocyte GTPases of the Rho family are activated by neuronal activity, control astrocyte morphology and thereby synaptic transmission and plasticity in the healthy hippocampus and in epilepsy models.

Work on the project will be performed in the context of a DFG grant. Viral delivery of vectors into hippocampal astrocytes, two-photon excitation fluorescence microscopy of astrocyte morphology and electrophysiology will be used, in combination and among other techniques. Therefore previous experience in electrophysiology or imaging could be beneficial.

The prospective PhD student will work closely with other groups within the Institute for Cellular Neurosciences and the SFB1089 and will be enrolled in the BIGS Neuroscience graduate school ( The dynamic neuroscience community of Bonn, which comprises more than 40 groups focusing on fundamental neuroscience research and its application in the treatment of neurological disorders, will provide further excellent opportunities for training.

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The PhD studentship is available immediately. The contract initially runs for three years.
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Applicants are expected to submit a letter of motivation, CV and indicate at least two referees. Applications should be sent by email to Christian Henneberger (
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About University of Bonn Medical School

Institute of Cellular Neurosciences University of Bonn Medical School Research at the Institute of Cellular Neurosciences is focused on the investigation of glial cells and their role in information processing in the normal and diseased brain. Christian Steinhäuser, Ph.D. Director, Institute of Cellular Neurosciences

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