PhD Position – Embryonic development and autism (Trento, Italy)


Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (Trento, Italy)

“Embryonic development and autistic-like postnatal behavior”

Prof. Yuri Bozzi is looking for a highly-motivated PhD candidate to join the Neurodevelopmental Disorder Research Group at the Center for Mind/Brain Sciences (CIMeC, University of Trento).
Research projects in Bozzi’s lab focus on how mutations in neural genes during embryonic brain development can impact autistic-like behaviors during postnatal life. Prof. Bozzi and colleagues extensively studied mice lacking the homeobox-containing gene Engrailed-2, showing that these mice have anatomical and molecular defects of GABAergic interneurons, leading to impaired social and cognitive behaviors (Provenzano J Neurosci. 2014 PubMed PMID 25274808; Bozzi Eur J Neurosci. 2018 PubMed PMID 28452083). Bozzi’s lab current research aims to identify the behavioural outcomes of GABAergic neuron dysfunction in several monogenic mouse models of autism.

Enquiries can be addressed to Prof. Yuri Bozzi before May 10, 2018.
PhD fellowship will be 4 years, starting November 1, 2018.