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Three AIAS-DANDRITE fellows appointed

Three DANDRITE group leaders have been appointed a two-year AIAS-DANDRITE fellowship. From 1 September 2023, they will be part of the wider interdisciplinary, international research community at AIAS that aims at challenging conventional ways of thinking and foster collaboratiosn across fields.

From left: The new AIAS-DANDRITE fellows and DANDRITE group leaders: Taro Kitazawa, Thomas Dong Won Kim and Chao Sun.

A new collaboration between DANDRITE (Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience) and AIAS will bring the two research communities even closer, by offering new incoming DANDRITE Group Leaders a 2- year AIAS association and the opportunity to engage and integrate with a wider interdisciplinary and international research community at Aarhus University.

"AIAS is a great home for new scholars at Aarhus University where they get in contact with the very many exciting research communities there. With the appointment of our new group leaders as AIAS-DANDRITE fellows, we provide them with much more than our scientific environment and facilities, but also the opportunity to engage in a much broader academic network and social interactions. We are very happy to have this opportunity and also ourselves to contributing to the success of AIAS in this way,” said Director at DANDRITE, Professor Poul Nissen.

From the 1 September 2023, AIAS is pleased to welcome:

  • Taro Kitazawa, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) & Department of Molecular Biology and Genetics - Neurobiology, Aarhus University 
    The Kitazawa research group is focusing on the molecular basis of neuroplasticity, especially at the levels of epigenetic and transcriptional mechanisms underlying memory engram plasticity using mice as a model organism.
  • Thomas Dong Won Kim, The Danish Research Institute of Translational Neuroscience (DANDRITE) & Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University 
    The Kim research group investigates molecular mechanisms that regulate cell states in neurodegeneration and neurodevelopment utilizing multi-Omics approaches.
  • Chao Sun, EMBO & HFSP postdoctoral fellow, Max Planck Institute for Brain Research, Frankfurt, Germany
    The Sun research group investigates protein machines that manage the molecular logistics of brain synapses using quantitative spatial proteomics approaches. Their core hypothesis is that molecular supply puts constraints on the synaptic function, and the logistic vulnerabilities of brain synapses seed the onset of neurological diseases.

The new AIAS-DANDRITE fellows will have office space at AIAS with the opportunity to participate in the academic and social activities at AIAS and at the relevant research environments at DANDRITE.

Sâmia Joca, a former AIAS Fellow, encourages the new Group Leaders to not only use the AIAS association as “a place where you have an (extra) office”, but also to embrace the opportunities, interact and contribute to the community: 

"Join the scientific activities in different areas, especially the ones that are not directly related to your own field – they can be eye-opening. Last, but not least, don’t forget to give your contribution: AIAS is made by the participation of each fellow, so make yourself available. Be present. Interact.”

More about the AIAS-DANDRITE fellowships



Lotte Holm, Head of Secretariat, vice-director, acting director
Aarhus Institute of Advanced Studies, AIAS
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