Post-doctoraatsbeurs - Epigenetica

KU Leuven
July 07 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

For the Epidemiology Research Group we are looking for a candidate with a PhD degree in (Epi)Genetics, Bio-Engineering, Bio-Technology, Molecular or Cell Biology, or equivalent. The Epidemiology group at the Faculty of Medicine (KU Leuven) focuses on epigenetic aspects of early exposures. We set-up an interdisciplinary research collaboration with the Leuven University Fertility Center (LUFC) at UZ Leuven and the Genomics Core, both located at our campus. This collaboration includes a longitudinal study, Epigenetic Legacy of Paternal Obesity (ELPO), where we collected data and samples from patients seeking fertility treatment. The current research project involves assessment of epigenetic characteristics and patterns in sperm, embryos, maternal and paternal tissues, and offspring samples.

One of our main goals is to provide insights in the complex interplay between environmental exposures at different stages of development and genetic susceptibility for diseases. Understanding how (epi)genetic changes -during development and throughout a life course- increase the risk for certain disorders may help us to intervene where needed; and hence, prevent the disorder or disease in the susceptible or exposed population. 

This job comes from a partnership with Science Magazine and Euraxess

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