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Jana Bongaerts Jana Bongaerts

Jana Bongaerts

PhD Students
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Biography

 

GENERAL INFORMATION

 

CIVIL STATUS :

  • Born 31/01/1994
  • Belgian

EDUCATION :

  • June 2017: Master in Drug Development (pharmacist) obtained at the Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – Jette (Belgium)
  • October 2017: Ph.D. Student at the Department of Analytical Chemistry, Applied Chemometrics and Molecular Modelling (FABI), Department of Pharmaceutical Chemistry and Drug Analysis (FASC), Center for Neuroscience (C4N), Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB) – Jette (Belgium)

RESEARCH TOPICS :

  • Neuropeptides
  • Miniaturized UHPLC-ESI-MS/MS

RESEARCH PROJECT:

My work is focused on two neuropeptides: neuromedin U (NMU) and neuromedin S (NMS). These neuropeptides are regulators of the hypothalamo-pituitary-adrenal axis, which is an important component of the biological stress response system. However, understanding their distinct roles in stress biology is challenging. Therefore, our aim is the direct measurement of in vivo NMU and NMS release following optogenetic stimulation of NMU-releasing neurons. The use of microchip ultrahigh performance liquid chromatography coupled to tandem mass spectrometric detection (LC-MS/MS) will allow us to analyze low concentrations of these two neuropeptides in microdialysis samples.

 

Location

Gebouw G - Niv. 0
Vrije Universiteit Brussel - Campus Jette
Laarbeeklaan 103
1090 Brussels