A major European initiative in hibernation research
Recently Shona Wood, David Hazlerigg and Vebjørn Jacobsen Melum travelled to the University of Strasbourg, France, where they met Valerie Simonnaux to plan and prepare Vebjørn` s PhD project. The projects focus will be to unravel parts of the intriguing hibernation biology seen in Syrian hamsters. In addition, we will investigate the effect of maternal photoperiodic programing on tanycytic gene expression in Siberian hamsters. Funding is ensured through Tromsø forsknings stiftelse (TFS), Fond de Paul Mandel and Aurora mobility grant (NRC). The animal facilities that are available in Strasbourg creates an invaluable framework for the project. This project brings together complementary skills from both UiT and Strasbourg in neuroscience, seasonal timekeeping and epigenetics. Vebjørn is looking forward to this exciting opportunity to strengthen French-Norwegian links and gain international experience to bring back to UiT.
Laser capture microdissecting tanycytes to investigate the effect of maternal photoperiodic programing on tanycytic gene expression.
Cathedral Notre Dame de Strasbourg, an icon and a rhythm generator of the city.