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Marlene Pfeffer

PhD Student
PhD Student Fellow
Neuroscience and Smart Materials
Research center
I discovered my interest in Neuroscience early during my Bachelor's in Biotechnology at the University of Pisa, Italy, and the University of Lisbon, Portugal. I was fascinated by how cells of the central nervous system communicate and react to stimuli, reason why I then enrolled in the International Master of Neuroscience program at the University of Bordeaux (NeuroBIM). During this time, I had the opportunity to gain lab experience, first in 2018 at the Interdisciplinary Institute of Neuroscience (IINS) in Bordeaux and then, in 2019, at the University of Montreal. In Bordeaux, under the supervision of Dr. Etienne Herzog, my work focused on the cellular and molecular characterization of dopaminergic synapses using a novel method to purify dopaminergic varicosities. In Montreal, under the supervision of Dr. Richard Robitaille, I tested the effects of an acute drug treatment in a model of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis on early electrophysiological impairments at the neuromuscular junction. In my PhD project, I wanted to combine my previous experiences with my main interests and this is exactly what I found within the enTRAIN Vision project: I am studying bio-inspired applications to overcome neurological disorders such as vision loss.

Title: Master of Neuroscience
Institute: Université de Bordeaux
Location: Bordeaux
Country: France
From: 2017 To: 2019

Title: Bachelor of Biotechnology
Institute: università degli studi di Pisa
Location: Pisa
Country: Italy
From: 2013 To: 2016

Experience External

Title: Lab Engineer
Institute: Institute for Interdisciplinary Neuroscience
Location: Bordeaux
Country: France
From: 2020 To: 2020