Quentin Roblain

Quentin Roblain was born in 1992 in Liège, Belgium. He was raised in this city, and still lives there such as a major part of his family. After the completion of his Bachelor Degree in Biological Sciences at the University of Liège, he started his Master degree in Biochemistry and Molecular and Cellular Biology, also at the University of Liège. His professional interests are on developmental and molecular biology. During his master, he had the opportunity to do several short internships about diverse topics related to molecular and cellular biology (metal hyper-accumulation by plants, myogenesis in the zebrafish and wastewater treatment through activated sludge). He also had the opportunity to be involved during 9 months on a fundamental research project for his master thesis. During this internship, he took part to a study about the role of a proteins family involved in alternative splicing (RBFox proteins) and that might be involved in the vascular development of zebrafish embryos. After the completion of this enriching master thesis, he obtained his Master Degree in September 2016 and think up about starting a PhD.

In February 2017, he obtained a 4-years grant (Imaging Valley) to realize a joint PhD between Maastricht University and the University of Liège. During this challenging PhD, he will work under the supervision of both Prof. Stephane Heymans in Maastricht and Prof. Agnès Noël in Liège. The project will focus on the targeting of microRNAs implicated in the development of two ocular pathologies sharing common physiopathological characteristics and leading to blindness in the most extreme cases: diabetic retinopathy and age-related macular degeneration. With the two groups involved, he will attempt to identify microRNAs that could be used as therapeutic targets to prevent these two diseases.