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Eric J. Bellefroid



Research Description

Our lab is studying  the molecular mechanisms that control the proliferation and differentiation of neural progenitors, focusing on the role some transcription factors in neural progenitor cell maintenance and differentiation and the generation of neuronal diversity. We use for our work the Xenopus, chicken and mouse embryo, and a range of functional assays available in those models. By gaining insight into the mechanisms driving the differentiation of neural stem cells into specific types of neurons and glial cells, we hope to help to understand neurological disorders and to devise strategies to replace lost cells in neurological diseases.

Major ongoing research is on telencephalon and spinal cord neurogenesis. Our current research focuses on some members of the Prdm family of transcription factors in spinal cord neurogenesis and of the DMRT transcription factor family in forebrain development.

Lab Memberships

Bellefroid Group (Principal Investigator/Director)


Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB)
ULB Neuroscience Institute (UNI)
Institut of Molecular Biology and Medecine (IBMM)
Rue des Profs Jeener et Brachet 12
Gosselies, Hainaut
6041, Belgium


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General/Lab Fax:  00 32 2 650 97 33
Phone:  00 32 2 650 97 32

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