07 May 2018 - People

Hi Guillem! You recently started your PhD at NERF in the lab of Aya Takeoka. What is your project all about?

My aim is to understand how a specific sensory feedback channel facilitates motor learning. We will use mouse genetics, viral tools, electrophysiology and high resolution kinematic analysis to understand the neural structures involved in motor learning and how these structures change their activity and connectivity over the course of learning and experience.

What did you study before embarking on your PhD and how did you end up in the Takeoka lab?

I studied Biotechnology in Miguel Hernandez University, Spain, where I discovered the intriguing field of Neuroscience, and was happily pushed to embark on a Master’s Degree in Neuroscience, in the Neuroscience Institute of Alicante, Spain.

During my extensive search on many different labs, I was carefully assessing pros and cons about where to do my PhD, and, most importantly, the compatibility of the scientific questions of different labs with my own scientific interests and background, when I found the Takeoka laboratory on the VIB webpage. After completing an interview, I considered Aya Takeoka’s lab to be my best option for carrying out my PhD.

How is life at NERF?

After several months sharing a lot of hours and stressful moments together, I can say that NERF is probably one of the best academic research groups for sharing and inspiring both your own and other people’s scientific questions.

You can find people from almost every field and background to not only learn from and do science with, but also to have fun moments and events!

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