We welcome two new master students to our group.
Kristo`s master’s project aims to examine maternal immune activation in a Poly I:C mouse model of schizophrenia. Precisely, he will investigate how the interaction between the brain and gut microbiome in tandem with the activation of microglia might be responsible for the generation of schizophrenia-like behaviors. For that purpose, he will measure the concentrations of pro- and anti-inflammatory cytokines in the selected bloodserum mice samples and thus evaluate the validity of the aforementioned interaction.
Selin is interested in the effects of early life stress on later brain development, particularly maternal stress. To this end, she will utilize molecular techniques to investigate the impact of maternal stress on the rat hippocampus.