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  • English

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EDUCATION

Undergraduate Degree

  • RWTH Aachen University , 2009 , Aachen , Germany

Graduate Degree

  • RWTH Aachen University , 2011 , Aachen , Germany

Graduate Degree

  • University Clinic Bonn , 2016 , Bonn , Germany

Fellowship

  • University Clinic Bonn , 2017 , Bonn , Germany

PROFESSIONAL HISTORY

Dr. Robens is a post doctoral research fellow in the Epilepsy Genetics Program of the Poduri lab since 2018. She has a background in developmental neurobiology of epilepsy and molecular techniques. During her PhD at the Institute of neuropathology with Prof. Becker she studied the molecular mechanisms of epilepsy-associated developmental brain lesions. She established a method for convenient developmental brain disease modeling in the lab which she used to discover a novel target gene involved in neuronal hyperactivity. In the Poduri lab, she studies PCDH19 gene functions during early brain development in zebrafish aiming to better understand the pathomechanisms underlying “girls clustering epilepsy”.

PUBLICATIONS

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  1. Ste20-like Kinase Is Critical for Inhibitory Synapse Maintenance and Its Deficiency Confers a Developmental Dendritopathy. J Neurosci. 2021 Sep 29; 41(39):8111-8125. View abstract
  2. Biallelic variants in ZNF526 cause a severe neurodevelopmental disorder with microcephaly, bilateral cataract, epilepsy and simplified gyration. J Med Genet. 2021 Jan 04. View abstract
  3. Molecular rescue of Tsc1-ablated cortical tuber mice. Oncotarget. 2017 Jan 24; 8(4):5678-5679. View abstract
  4. Minute amounts of hamartin wildtype rescue the emergence of tuber-like lesions in conditional Tsc1 ablated mice. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 Nov; 95:134-44. View abstract
  5. Abundance of LRP12 C-rs9694676 allelic promoter variant in epilepsy-associated gangliogliomas. Life Sci. 2016 Jun 15; 155:70-5. View abstract
  6. Non-paraneoplastic limbic encephalitis and central nervous HHV-6B reactivation: Causality or coincidence? Neuropathology. 2016 Aug; 36(4):376-80. View abstract
  7. LRP12 silencing during brain development results in cortical dyslamination and seizure sensitization. Neurobiol Dis. 2016 Feb; 86:170-6. View abstract