Wouter Peelaerts


After a predoctoral research internship at the Laboratory or Neurogenetics at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), Washington D.C., USA, with a focus on familial PD-linked proteins, Wouter was awarded with a PhD scholarship from the FWO Flanders and is currently a Doctoral Researcher / Neurobiologist at the lab for neurobiology and gene therapy of Professor Veerle Baekelandt at the KU Leuven, Belgium. By using viral vector technology the aim is to develop and characterise new rodent models to gain new basic insight in the pathogenesis of PD, which will help to design and explore new rational, thera-peutic strategies. Specific research interest involves studying the role of α-synuclein protein aggregation in PD. Our recent work has shown a new and exciting role of different types of α-synuclein aggregates that link α-synuclein pathology to multiple neurodegenerative diseases.