NAD Fellow year: 2023

Sofie Aarup Bach

MSc in Molecular Biomedicine, University of Copenhagen

Lab rotations - pre-PhD year

Lab Rotation 1

CNS Disease Modeling Group, Department of Biomedicine, Aarhus University w/PI Associate Professor Marina Romero-Ramos

The CNS Disease Modeling Group aligns with Sofie’s interests as they also work within Parkinson’s disease research from an immune response perspective. Sofie will participate in general lab work with a focus on gaining experience with in vivo animal work and learning new techniques like flow cytometry.

Lab Rotation 2

Department of Pathology, Rigshospitalet w/PI Associate Professor Eva Løbner Lund

Lab Rotation 3

Danish Dementia Research Centre, Department of Neurology, Rigshospitalet w/PIs Professor Jørgen Erik Nielsen and Patrick Ejlerskov

Meet Sofie Aarup Bach

Sofie obtained her MSc in Molecular Biomedicine from the University of Copenhagen in 2022. Since September 2022, she has worked as a research assistant in the Gether lab at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Copenhagen, focusing on characterising Parkinson’s disease mouse models.

Broadly speaking, Sofie wants to understand the cellular mechanisms behind why some cells in the brain die and others do not in neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s disease, which her research has been focused on so far.

Sofie vividly remembers the moment she knew that she wanted to pursue a career in neuroscience research:

“I took a subject where we had to present a scientific article, and I was to present an article by Maiken Nedergaard from CTN [Center for Translational Neuromedicine] at the University of Copenhagen. It was an article about how a system in the brain cleans the brain while we sleep, and how this is important in order not to get sick from for example Alzheimer’s disease. (…)  It was very interesting.”

Shortly after, Sofie went to Montreal, Canada as an exchange student and started taking neuroscience courses – and since then, neuroscience has been her path.

When asked about what inspired her to apply for an NAD fellowship, Sofie highlights the lab rotations and the funding:

“The lab rotations are a great way to test if you connect with the lab where you would like to do your PhD (…) I also think it is very attractive that you have your own funding, which means that you have a lot of freedom to choose. You can choose a lab that does not necessarily have a lot of resources or funding.”

Sofie is an extroverted person, and she enjoys being part of a collaborative and dynamic research environment:

“The best thing about research is that every day you come in to work in the lab, you can learn something new (…) You are part of an environment where new knowledge is generated all the time, and you can always turn to someone who knows something more – I think that is very motivating.”