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About: ebellefr

Eric Bellefroid is leading the laboratory of Developmental Genetics at the University of Brussels. The unit is studying vertebrate nervous system development, focusing on the molecular mechanisms that control the transition from neural stem cell to neurons in the developing vertebrate nervous system, using the Xenopus and mouse embryos as model systems. The focus is on the role of some transcription factors in the molecular mechanisms that control neural progenitor maintenance, differentiation, and the generation of neuronal diversity. Current ongoing research focuses on the role of Prdm transcription factors in sensory neurogenesis and of Dmrt transcription factors in cerebral cortex development.

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Posted by on December 2nd, 2020

A postdoctoral position is available from January 2021 in the “Developmental Genetics” laboratory ( Our lab studies cortical and sensory neurogenesis. To do this, we use mouse genetics and gain and loss-of-function experiments in Xenopus. We are interested in understanding how some transcription factors we have previously identified as key cell fate determinants in the[…]

Transcriptional control of vertebrate neurogenesis

Posted by on December 27th, 2019

A 2 year post-doctoral position is available starting early 2020 to study transcriptional control of neurogenesis in Xenopus and mouse. The research will be conducted in the laboratory of Developmental Genetics ( of the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB) Neuroscience Institute (UNI) ( in Gosselies (30 km south of Brussels). Balancing neural progenitor cell (NPC)[…]

PhD and Postdoctoral positions in Developmental Neurobiology, ULB Neuroscience Institute and UMons, Belgium

Posted by on November 20th, 2018

We are seeking highly motivated candidates to join us on a project beginning in 2019 on the molecular mechanisms of sensory neurogenesis. We study in particular the nociceptors, the specialized peripheral neurons that detect painful stimuli. We aim to understand the role and mechanism of action of the Prdm12 gene. Prdm12 encodes an evolutionarily conserved[…]

Molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis in the developing forebrain and peripheral nervous system

Posted by on July 27th, 2016

The laboratory of Developmental Genetics is looking for a PhD student to study the molecular mechanisms of neurogenesis in the developing mouse nervous system. The student will have to apply for a FNRS FRIA fellowship ( The deadline for the application is the 30th August 2016. The unit is located in the Biopark Charleroi Brussels[…]