Lab Members

Sha Liu (PI)

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Sha was born and raised in Wuhan, China, and conducted his Ph.D. research at the Institute of Hydrobiology, Chinese Academy of Sciences, where he studied developmental genetics in zebrafish.  He then moved to Baltimore to perform the postdoctoral research at Johns Hopkins University with Dr. Mark Wu, studying the molecular and circuit mechanisms underlying sleep and circadian rhythms in fruit flies.  After seven years in the US, he flew crossed the ocean again to set up his own lab at VIB-KU Leuven, in Belgium.

Joana Dopp (PhD Student, FWO PhD fellow)

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Joana is from Cologne, Germany. She received her MSc in Neuroscience from the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam in 2016. During this time, she studied sleep-wake disturbances in a mouse model of Parkinson's disease at the University Hospital Zurich. After her master studies, she studied synaptic plasticity of human neurons transplanted into mice at Imperial College London. She joined the flysleep lab in October 2017. In her free time, Joana enjoys traveling, photography, scuba diving, and snowboarding.

El-Sayed Baz (Postdoc Fellow)

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Sayed was born and raised in Sharkia, Egypt.  He received his doctoral degree from the University of Kassel, Germany, where he studied the molecular mechanisms underlying the circadian rhythms in cockroaches.  After serving as a lecturer of behavioral physiology and neuroethology at the Suez Canal University, Ismailia, Egypt. He joined the Flysleep lab in February 2018 to conduct his postdoctoral research. His goal is to investigate the roles of sleep in synaptic plasticity at the cellular level. Among his hobbies, embroidery and designing are the most interest.

Antonio Ortega (Technician)

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Antonio comes from Huelva, Spain. He finished a BSc in Biochemistry from the University of Seville in 2016. Before joining the Fly Sleep Lab in February 2019, he completed his Master Thesis in Bioinformatics at the University of Copenhagen, where he worked on free software tools for the quantitative analysis of Mass Spectrometry proteomics data. In his free time, Antonio enjoys learning languages (both human and programming), exercising and traveling.

Miranda Dyson (PhD Student)

miranda.dyson (AT) kuleuven.vib.be

Miranda comes from Nottingham, UK. She received her BSc in Biomedical Science at Manchester Met University before moving to London to first work as a Clinical Research Assistant and then complete her MSc in Neuroscience at King’s College London. She then worked for 2 years as a Research Technician at University College London studying ALS-FTD in Drosophila. Miranda joined the flysleep lab in June 2019. In her spare time, she enjoys sewing and scuba diving.

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Lisa van Ninhuijs (2018-2020)

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