Studying a patient in a Petri dish


About the research

Imagine not being able to feel a hug anymore. This is what happens to some patients with Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease (CMT1A). They get weaker muscles, their muscles die and sometimes they even lose the sense of touch. Karen Libberecht (UHasselt - VIB - FWO) wants to find the cause of the disease. In order to do this faster and more efficiently, she studies her patients ... in a petri dish. She explains how exactly this works in this video 👇

Karen Libberecht
FWO - UHasselt - VIB

Fascinated by science, Karen Libberecht decided to pursue studies in biochemistry and biotechnology at the KU Leuven. During her master years, she focussed on stem cells and neurodegeneration. After this, Karen decided to pursue her dreams and started her Ph.D. at the BIOMED research institute at Hasselt University, in collaboration with the VIB Center for brain and disease research. Her Ph.D. research aims to understand the underlying pathology of the neurological disorder Charcot Marie Tooth disease 1A (CMT1A), in order to improve the quality of life of these patients.

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