MSc/PhD Program
Este Leidmaa
First Name:
Este

Last Name:
Leidmaa

Country:
Estonia

 



Este Leidmaa

EDUCATION

College / University:
University of Tartu

Highest Degree:
B.Sc.

Major Subjects:
Psychology, Biomedicine

Lab Experience:
Behavioural phenotyping methods in mice (motility box test, rota-rod, dynamo-meter test, social interaction test, tube test), PCR genotyping and RT-PCR, Primer designing, RNA extraction and quantification

Projects / Research:
Sep 08 - Sep 09: Further characterization of Lsamp deficient mice using RNA expression analysis and tests estimating social behaviour
Jan 07 - May 08: „Characterization of Lsamp deficient mice in motor activity and social behaviour tests“

Scholarships:
2009 – 2010: Stipend of the Excellence Foundation for the Promotion of the Max Planck Society
2008 – 2009: Scholarship from the University of Tartu for laboratory work with Lsamp deficient mouse
2006 – 2009: Scholarship from the University of Tartu for excellent academic results


SCIENTIFIC INTERESTS AND GOALS:

It would be fascinating as well as necessary to know the cellular mechanisms underlying mental disorders. Treatment for these conditions is relatively ineffective and a new approach is needed. It would be interesting to study neurobiological mechanisms of placebo responses, which can maybe give new perspectives to the subject. An exciting field concerning the regulation of emotional behaviour is epigenetics, how for example RNAi and DNA methylation are used in behavioural regulation and hence how they could be used.