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PhD project on the interaction between the enteric nervous system and colorectal cancer

Posted by , on 23 September 2019

Closing Date: 15 March 2021

The research group headed by Werend Boesmans and Veerle Melotte is looking for a highly motivated and talented PhD student to investigate the role of the intrinsic innervation of the gut in cancer. The enteric nervous system, also known as the second brain, is a mostly ignored member of the tumor microenvironment but is linked to the development and progression of colorectal cancer. In the current project, the involvement of specific neural cell types in colorectal tumorigenesis will be investigated in both in vivo and in vitro models, and combined with advanced optical microscopy, genetic lineage tracing, marker gene expression analysis and single cell transcriptomics.

This PhD project takes place within the School for Life Sciences (SLS) of the Transnational University of Limburg (tUL), a unique collaboration between Hasselt University (UHasselt, Belgium) and Maastricht University (UM, The Netherlands). The student will perform research at the Biomedical Research Institute (BIOMED, and the School for Oncology and Developmental Biology (GROW, embedded in the Department of Pathology of the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC). 

You can only apply online.
The selection procedure consists of a preselection based on the application file and an interview.
Please provide the contact details of two referents in your application.

Further information: werend.boesmans[at]


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