We want to present you the second speaker of „The COINS 2018“ conference – Urtė Neniškytė – who currently works as Marie Sklodowska Curie Experienced Researcher at the Department of Neurobiology and Biophysics of Life Science Center at Vilnius University, Lithuania.

She received her Ph.D. in Biochemistry from the University of Cambridge, UK, and completed her postdoctoral training at the Epigenetics and Neurobiology Unit of European Molecular Biology Laboratory, Italy. Dr. Urte Neniskyte was awarded an IBRO 2017 Return Home Fellowship to support her move from the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (Italy) back to Lithuania, where she wanted to start her own lab at Vilnius University in the Department of Neurobiology and Biophysics of the Life Science Center. She is now working closely with Dr. Aidas Alaburda, Professor of Neurophysiology, Dr. Osvaldas Rukšėnas, Professor of Behavioural Neuroscience, and other colleagues to establish a research group of molecular neuroscience and ensure the significant two-way transfer of knowledge between neuroscientists at the Center. Her research programme focuses on neuronal “eat-me” and “spare-me” signals that mediate synaptic pruning by microglia in normal development and disease.

For research accomplishments already achieved, Dr. Neniškytė was awarded the prestigious L`Oréal-UNESCO Baltic “For Women in Science” fellowship on 26 May 2017 with the support of the Lithuanian National Commission for UNESCO and the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences. She is the first scientist in Lithuania to ever receive this award. To learn more about Dr. Neniškytė, watch her L`Oréal-UNESCO award video.