Pelican Grant for four PhD students in the fields of Parkinson’s disease and cancer

Borja Gomez Ramos, Nadège Minoungou and Mina Tsenkova, three PhD students from the Life Sciences Research Unit (LSRU) at the University of Luxembourg and Yahaya Abubakar Yabo, PhD candidate in the Neuro-Oncology Laboratory at LIH’s Department of Oncology, have recently been awarded the Pelican Grant from the Fondation du Pélican de Mie et Pierre Hippert-Faber.


The Fondation du Pélican awards a number of doctoral candidates affiliated with the programme in systems and molecular biomedicine of the Doctoral School in Science and Engineering (DSSE)  with the “Pelican Grant” each year. This grant can be used to finance their research. It can cover additional experiments, travel expenses to participate in conferences and training workshops, as well as short-term stays abroad as part of research collaborations.


Three projects from the University of Luxembourg

Borja Gomez Ramos is working with Dr. Lasse Sinkkonen and with Prof. Rejko Krueger in the field of Parkinson’s disease, Nadège Minoungou with Prof. Iris Behrmann in the field of liver cancer and Mina Tsenkova with Dr. Elisabeth Letellier in the field of colorectal cancer.



One project from the Luxembourg Institute of Health (LIH)

Yahaya Abubakar Yabo’s project focuses on glioblastoma, the most aggressive type of brain cancer, and particularly on the characterisation of the factors underpinning cancer cell adaptation to treatment, resulting in tumour resistance and progression.



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