Early Stage Researcher

Laís Sousa da Silva Ferreira
My project:
3 | Development of perivascular macrophages in the endothelial niche
Laís Sousa da Silva Ferreira
Host Organisation:
Institute for Neuropathology, University Medical Center Freiburg

What is your project/research about? What would you like to find out?

My research project aims to investigate the role of histone demethylases in microglial modulation, studying the possible involvement of these enzymes on microglial maturation in early stages of brain development and its relevance to microglial surveillance∕inflammatory response in adulthood. We hope to find out which critical methylation patterns control microglial function during brain development and diseased states, such as Alzheimer’s disease and EAE.

Why did you apply for a Marie Skłodowska-Curie ITN and especially this project?

I was particularly interested to work in Marco Prinz laboratory due to the extensive experience of the lab in studying the multiple features of microglia, from ontogenesis to novel mechanisms implicated in neurodegeneration. The opportunity to be a Marie Curie Fellow completed my expectations for the PhD training as a prestigious program that supports young researchers encouraging secondments, attendance at conferences and courses and also providing additional training to improve scientific communication and networking.

What is so fascinating for you on research in general?

The challenge to be creative and skilled to ask∕answer original relevant questions.

What do you do in your free time? Do you have special interests/hobbies?

I enjoy reading, spending time with my family and also going out to drink, dance and sing on the karaoke with my friends.

What are your plans for your future? Where/what you will be in 5 years?

For the future, I want to continue to improve myself as a scientist and expect to have opportunities to pursue other academic experiences such as teaching.


The ESR left the project on 30.04.2021.

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