Joana Santos

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PhD Student
  • Started at NERF: 15/11/2018


My main goal is to study how we can regenerate axons both after injury and during neurodegenerative diseases. In the central nervous system of adult mammals, neurons naturally fail to regenerate their axons after injury. For a long time, studies of neuronal circuits and of visual diseases have been pursued separately. But it is recognized that most diseases at least retinal diseases are cell-type specific.

My project aims to answer how specific cell types in the retina grow during development and use this knowledge to recapitulate this normal growth of cells after injury in adults; providing an important basis for a cell-specific promotion of neuronal repair.

Since 2019 PhD Student at NERF, Farrow Lab
2018 Scientific Assistant, Universitätsmedizin Göttingen, Germany
2017 - 2018 Erasmus student, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen, Germany
2015 - 2017 MSc Molecular Biomedicine, University of Aveiro, Portugal
2012 - 2015 BSc Biomedical Sciences, University of Beira Interior, Portugal