On Wednesday 17 June 2020, S.N. van der Burght will defend his PhD dissertation, entitled: ‘Molecular Mechanisms of Chemotaxis to Sodium Chloride in Caenorhabditis elegans’.
Cells and organisms use chemotaxis to navigate through their environment. We used the nematode Caenorhabditis elegans and its chemotaxis response to NaCl to study three aspects of this behavior: regulation of protein localization in a primary cilium and its function, bistable genetic switch stability in neuronal cell fate maintenance, and gene expression variation underlying behavioral variability.
The PhD defences will not take place publicly in the Senate Hall or Professor Andries Queridoroom due to the coronavirus. The candidates will defend their thesis online.