Gene regulation specialist Korneel Hens establishes new lab at CNCB

November 1, 2012

Dr Korneel Hens joins CNCB as Group Leader, to explore how regulatory networks in neurons act to integrate and respond to incoming information, supporting the Centre’s research into how intelligence emerges from the physical interaction of nerve cells.

Professor Gero Miesenböck, Director of CNCB, says: “Korneel’s appointment is a major contribution to our team. He adds vision and skill to our ensemble of expert scientists, rounding out the Centre’s interdisciplinary approach to neuroscience and bringing us a step closer to understanding how the brain develops intelligence.”

Korneel joins CNCB from Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, where he worked on the development of methods to detect protein-DNA interactions. His work at mapping gene regulation at the network level has synergy with CNCB’s work on networks in neurons.

“Understanding gene regulation is an important part of understanding the brain, because it gives us clues as to why and how neurons respond to specific stimuli. Joining CNCB is a great opportunity to establish a lab that adds a key component to the Centre’s overall mission,” he says.

Read an interview with Dr Korneel Hens here