Laboratory of Synapse Biology

Our brain is made up of billions of neurons that are precisely connected into neural circuits, forming an immensely complex network that encodes our thoughts, memories and personalities. Our lab aims to unravel the molecular mechanisms that control neuronal connectivity in developing circuits, and determine how perturbations in this process affect cognitive function.

Joris de Wit

Deputy Science Director
Assistant Project Scientist, University of California San Diego (UCSD), US, 2010-2012
VIB-KU Leuven Group Leader since January 2013
Prof. Dept. of Neurosciences, 2019-present
Associate Prof. Dept. of Neurosciences, 2013-2019
Postdoc: University of California San Diego (UCSD), US, 2006-2010
Postdoc: Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR), The Netherlands, 2004-2006
PhD: Netherlands Institute for Brain Research, Amsterdam, 2004

How do cell-surface interactions specify synaptic connectivity?

We want to understand where and when neurons connect and how they are affected by experience or disease