LATEST PROJECTS

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Project | 01 Investigating candidate genes as epigenetic regulators of PTSD susceptibility.

PTSD susceptible and resilient individuals carry distinct epigenetic profiles at the level of DNA methylation of certain candidate genes. Currently, we are establishing an in vitro traumatic stress model to investigate the effects of epigenetic manipulation of those genes in iPS-derived neurons from military cohorts.

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Project | 02 When is an individual susceptible to PTSD?: Implications for military recruitment policy.

Advances in brain imaging and genetic/epigenetic screening techniques are providing more accurate insights into PTSD susceptibility. These findings can have an influence on a series of military decisions and lead legislators and other policymakers across countries to adopt a range of susceptibility informed military policies.

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Project | 03 Mapping Ethical Aspects of Recent Advances in Human Neural Cell Modeling. 

Brain organoids are 3D entities composed of different types of human neural cells found in the developing brain. They are currently used to model brain-related disorders. While developments in this field are still in an early phase, they are expected to grow significantly in the nearby future, thereby triggering a series of ethical questions. Click here to find out more.

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