Endocrinology and reproductive biology
Reproductive Biology and Endocrinology represents laboratories focused on endocrinology, neurobiology, molecular genetics and foetal programming of adult diseases.
Main focuses of our theme are on:
- the role of (neuro)hormones, receptors and gene transcription factors in vertebrate development, using animal models. This involves studies in endocrinology, neurobiology, molecular genetics and developmental biology.
- the programming of adult bone health in offspring born of low birth weight and maternal-foetal physiology during gestation and lactation.
- the role of various modulators of Ca2+ release, both normal and those thought to be involved in fatigue and disease, such as reactive oxygen species.
- the foetal undernutrition and hypoxia as well as obesity, leading to altered foetal growth and the impact of these insults to the normal development of the cardiovascular system
Group leader: Dr. Tania Romano
Being born small (approx. 10% of all births) is a large problem in Western society, and studies have shown that these individuals have an increased risk of developing a number of adult diseases.
Group leader: Dr. Bert De Groef
The role of (neuro)hormones, receptors and gene transcription factors in vertebrate embryonic development, using the mouse and chicken as the main animal models.
Group leader: Dr. Joon (Kyungjoon) Lim
Our research centres on cardiovascular neuroscience and fills a niche between the clinic and basic research.
Group leader: Dr. Giuseppe Posterino
We are focused on understanding the fundamental basis of muscle contraction across a wide array of muscle types (skeletal, cardiac and smooth).