Voet , Monique Van Der
Name:
Dr. Monique van der Voet 


Function:
Postdoc


Theme:
Neurodevelopmental disorders



Profile

Dr. Monique van der Voet is postdoc at the research labs for 1) Drosophila Models of Brain Disorders and 2) Genetics of Brain Function and (Psychiatric) Malfunction. Her aim is to tackle an important bottleneck in psychiatric genetics, which is to move beyond gene identification studies to functional studies that will provide evidence for the causal nature of genes and elucidate disease processes. She has chosen a unique environment for this research, among leading ADHD geneticists and Drosophila intellectual disability researchers. She has a broad background in human genetics, cell, molecular, developmental and neurobiology, which gives her the ideal interdisciplinary mind setting and ambition to make her research a successful endeavour. Her focus is attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), a common neuropsychiatric disorder characterized by age-inappropriate, sustained hyperactivity, impulsivity and/or problems to focus attention. ADHD is amongst the most heritable neuropsychiatric disorders, but despite an increasing amount of genetic information available the etiology of ADHD remains largely unknown. To overcome this, an efficient model is required that permits generation of relevant functional information in short time. The fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster is a cost-efficient and powerful model organism with a large repertoire of behaviors and exceptional resources to manipulate any gene of interest. We expect Drosophila with its efficient genetic toolbox and genome-wide resources to significantly improve our understanding of the molecular, cellular and developmental basis of ADHD.


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