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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 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.

Lisa van Ninhuijs (Lab Manager/Technician)

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Lisa was born in Beringe, the Netherlands. She studied microbiology in the college and had two internships in two Drosophila neurobiology labs before she joined the Fly Sleep Lab in May 2018. Lisa likes to spend her time working out in the gym and painting pictures (including flies).  

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, with Rose Goodchild Lab)

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