PhD committee

The members of this committee represent the PhD students from the EURON partners and provide input to adjust the EURON activities and to meet the needs and desires of the PhD students. The representatives are “ambassadors” for EURON at their home university. This way, we ensure that the EURON programmes fits the aspirations of our PhD candidates, and stimulates further networking among the students of our partner universities.


Maastricht University

Charles David
My name is Charles David, and I am a first-year Ph.D. student at School for Mental Health and Neuroscience (MHeNS), Maastricht University. My research is part of the YOD-INCLUDED study and involves early recognition of Young Onset Dementia (YOD) within the general practice. The aim is to shorten the diagnosis time and identify red flags that can aid in early identification within primary care leading to timely referrals to memory clinics. Furthermore, within YOD-INCLUDED we aim to set up a national YOD cohort where we will include everyone who had/has/may have a YOD diagnosis.
I am fortunate to be a part of the EURON network and a member of the Ph.D. committee. I look forward to promoting scientific collaboration among EURON partners, share insights, and gain relevant skills.

Anja Schöttler
My name is Anja Schöttler, and since the end of 2019 I’m a PhD-student at the School for Mental Health and Neuroscience at Maastricht University. During my research I’m investigating the mechanisms of autoantibody-related neuromuscular disorders such as Myasthenia Gravis. My particular interest focuses on the involvement of the complement system during the development of MG, in vitro and in vivo.
Already during my bachelor and master studies I seized several opportunities to work in collaborating labs, regional but also abroad. The experiences and impressions I gained during these periods are priceless and will last forever. Therefore, I was immediately delighted when it came to the question if I would like to participate at EURON as a representative for UM. It is a great concept and easily allows PhD students to network, exchange “on the same level” and expand their horizons.


University of Hasselt

Sarra Zaghbouni
My name is Sarra Zaghbouni, and I am a Ph.D. candidate in biomedical sciences at the Brône/Rigo team at Hasselt University. Here, I study the effects of temperature on neuronal developmental and trauma-induced axon plasticity. In addition to being passionate about my research, I actively act as a science communicator and a content creator. You can easily reach out to me via any social platform (@Not your typical scientist). During my career, I worked with a wide range of people from different ages, nationalities, and backgrounds, and I have always been supportive of diversity and inclusion. Which is why I am happy to be part of EURON network as it focuses on empowering young scientists and encouraging international collaboration. Thus, I am excited to be part of the Ph.D. committee so that I can actively inspire other young scientists to take advantage of the opportunities and benefits of the EURON network.

Sarah Chenine
My name is Sarah Chenine and I am a joint PhD student between Hasselt University and Maastricht University. My research focuses on regulatory T cells (Tregs) in multiple sclerosis (MS). Specifically, we want to investigate the epigenetic signature of Tregs across the different MS disease stages and how this signature may affect remyelination. EURON gives young researchers the opportunity to expand their scientific network and skills. As a EURON PhD representative, I would like to promote EURON and encourage PhD students to benefit from the EURON network, training programs and events.


University of Lille

Alice Capuz
Currently doing I am doing my thesis at the PRISM Laboratory at the University of Lille in France, and I have been able to develop my interest in various fields such as immunology and neurology. During my first year, I participated in the PhD days meeting organized by EURON. This allowed me to discuss various fascinating research topics of neuroscience but also to discuss with other doctoral students and speakers about their experience and their research project. I really appreciated the friendliness and accessibility of the organizers. It’s for this that I want to join the EURON doctoral student’s committee, in order to help new scientific and share technological knowledge’s. Moreover, I would like to help doctoral students in their research or in their professional project. Joining this committee allows me to show students and doctoral students the various scientific and international advantages of EURON.

Guillaume Carey
My name is Guillaume Carey and I am a first year joined PhD student in Lille Neuroscience & Cognition center of University of Lille and in School for Mental Health and Neuroscience of Maastricht University. I am also a neurologist in the movement disorders unit of Lille University Medical Center (CHU Lille). I am working on the pathophysiology of anxiety in Parkinson’s disease using neuroimaging (fMRI, DTI, 3D-T1). The year before I start my PhD project, I spent 6 months in Maastricht University to prepare my research. I earned the EURON mobility grant. Using this great experience, I want to help the PhD students in Lille who want to have this kind of experience too. Finally, I am sure that sharing scientific knowledge, networking and connection with different teams is an important key for good science. I join the EURON doctoral student’s committee for all of these reasons.


University of Cologne

Melina Overhoff
I am Melina (28) and cellular processes that are required to maintain neuronal functionality fascinate me. These passion I am following in the group of Dr. Natalia Kononenko in Cologne. In my PhD project, I focus on autophagy in different neuronal subtypes. I found that cAMP-dependent protein kinase signaling is controlled by autophagy via selective degradation of PKA regulatory subunit 1 (RI). Accumulation of PKA RI leads to defective PKA signaling and impairs the PKA-dependent phosphorylation of Ankyrin2, a known regulator of membrane localization of neurotransmitter receptors and ion channels in cells. My recent data indicate that the localization of voltage-gated calcium channel Cav2.1 is defective in autophagy-deficient neurons, which can be linked nicely to the mice phenotype of startle-induced seizures and impairment in memory formation. In EURON I see the big chance for young scientist to broaden their research competencies by the offered training programs and get part of a big international network with high expertise in the fascinating field of neuroscience!


University Catholique de Louvain

Yasmine Salman
My name is Yasmine Salman, and since October 2022 I am pursuing a PhD at the Louvain Aging Brain LAB at the University of Louvain. There, I work both with patients at clinical MRI and with post-mortem tissue at ultra-high field MRI to define an MRI signature of tau pathology, especially in Alzheimer's disease. Joining the PhD committee is an exciting opportunity to meet people from different horizons. I would like to encourage people to network and connect with other research groups through the EURON training programs and events.


Marion Dourte
My name is Marion Dourte and I started my thesis in October 2021 at the University of Louvain (Brussels), in the Aging and Dementia Laboratory. My project, which is also in collaboration with the University of Namur, focuses on brain cellular senescence and its possible role in neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease. I am mainly working with a tauopathy mouse model, which is intended to be used for RNA sequencing and proteomic analyses at first. Joining the PhD committee represents a great opportunity for me to meet new people from different universities, to be able to represent my university and finally to promote the Euron workshops."


University of Luxembourg

Kyriaki Barmpa
My name is Kyriaki Barmpa and I am a PhD student at the University of Luxembourg in the Developmental and Cellular Biology group. One part of my project is the development of brain assembloids specific to midbrain and striatum, for developing a microenvironment of the nigrostriatal pathway. The second part is to use this model in Parkinson’s disease modelling to understand better the development and progression of the disease. In EURON, I am a representative of the University of Luxembourg and I aim to spread the word for the offered opportunities of networking and training.


Laure Pauly
My name is Laure Pauly and I started my PhD in January 2020 at the University of Luxembourg. I work in the Transversal Translational Medicine (TTM) group at the Luxembourg Institut of Health (LIH). I've studied Biology in Montpellier and did my Masters in Neurosciences in Bordeaux and clinical Neurosciences & Neuropsychology at the University of Toulouse (France). My PhD project is on cognition in Parkinson's disease and I focus on retrograde procedural memory. I had already the possibility to participate in several EURON workshops and received the EURON mobility grant in 2023. I am happy to share my experience with other PhD Students.