PhD Students

Matthias Schewe
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Matthias Schewe
Matthias has worked at his PhD in Riccardo’s laboratory from 2012 to 2017. He successfully defended his thesis entitled “Paneth Cells: Tales of a Gutsy Cell” (video) and encompassing many high-IF publications (Nature, Cell Stem Cell, Cell Reports) on September 19, 2018.

He is currently working as a post-doctoral fellow in the prestigious laboratory led by Pekka Katajisto in Helsinki, Finland.

http://www.biocenter.helsinki.fi/bi/katajisto/
matthias.schewe@helsinki.fi
Yaser Atlasi
Yaser Atlasi
Yaser Atlasi, is a former PhD student in Riccardos laboratory (from 2008 to 2013).

His PhD thesis is entitled "Wnt signaling in stem cells and cancer".

Yaser is currently a postdoctoral fellow in Prof. H. Stunnenberg's laboratory , at the Department of Molecular Biology of the Radboud University, in Nijmegen, The Netherlands, where he is continuing his research on embryonic stem cells.
Yongyi Wang
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Yongyi Wang
Yongyi met Riccardo back in 2002 as a MSc student in Leiden.

In 2007 he started working as a PhD student in his lab until 2011 when he defended his thesis entitled “Signaling pathways and stem cells in uterus and fallopian tubes”.
Sabrina Roth
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Sabrina Roth
Sabrina Roth worked as a PhD student in the lab from 2007 to 2012. Her work resulted in the PhD thesis entitled 'Silent waters run deep: Quiescent stem cells in homeostasis and cancer’. After her PhD Sabrina went on to study Medicine and is currently working as a medical doctor at the Department of Pediatrics of the Hospital Gelderse Vallei in Ede, Netherlands.

 

 

 

 
Brechtje Grotenhuis
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Brechtje Grotenhuis
PhD thesis “The miscellaneous mystery of esophageal cancer: new pathogenetic and clinical insights” (2007-2010).
Claudia Gaspar
Claudia Gaspar
Claudia Gaspar was a member of Riccardo Fodde’s lab from November 1999 until December 2008 where she obtained her PhD entitled: “Signalling pathways in cancer: a matter of dosage”.

From 2009 until 2016 she was a postdoctoral fellow at the lab of Domingos Henrique, Instituto de Medicina Molecular (Lisbon, Portugal) where she worked on retinal cell fate decisions.

She is currently a Science Officer at Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia (Lisbon, Portugal).
Paola Alberici
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Paola Alberici
Paola Alberici worked as PhD student in Riccardo Fodde’s laboratory from January 2002 until December 2006 when she defended her PhD thesis entitled: “The adenoma-carcinoma sequence in colorectal cancer: scratching the surface”.

After a short postdoc in Peter ten Dijke group in Leiden, (January 2007-April 2008) she moved back to Italy where she worked in PierPaolo Di Fiore’s laboratory at the FIRC Institute of Molecular Oncology, Milan, studying in vivo the role of adaptors in the EGFR internalization. In 2013 she moved to the pharmaceutical industry and worked for 2 years as Medical Advisor for rare disease in Recordati spa.

Currently, she holds a position at Pfizer Oncology as Medical Scientific Relation.
Viola Borgdorff
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Viola Borgdorff
PhD thesis “DNA mismatch repair and the cellular response to UVC radiation” (1999-2006)
Yvonne Hendriks
PhD thesis: “Classification, Diagnosis, Prevention, and Management of Hereditary Non Polyposis Colorectal Carcinoma (Lynch Syndrome)”.

She is currently working as a clinical geneticist and counsellor at the Free University Medical Center (VUMC) in Amsterdam, The Netherlands.
Joana Cardoso Vaz
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Joana Cardoso Vaz
Joana Cardoso Vaz was a PhD student in Riccardo’s lab from October 2001 to October 2005 when she defended her thesis entitled: “Familial colorectal cancer, omics and all that jazz…”.

After returning to Portugal, she worked as a postdoctoral fellow at the Institute of Molecular Medicine, Lisbon.

In 2011, she moved to the Instituto Gulbenkian de Ciências, Oeiras, where she worked in the Computational Genomics Lab and participated in several cancer research projects.

She is currently the Scientific Director and a co-founder of the OPHIOMICS company.

http://www.ophiomics.com/en/about-us/
Anja Wagner
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Anja Wagner
Anja Wagner was PhD student under Riccardo’s supervision from 1999 to 2004.

She combined her PhD research with her medical training as Clinical Geneticist. Her PhD thesis entitled “HNPCC: Molecular and Clinical Dilemmas” encompassed many key publications including the identification of a founder mutation responsible for a large proportion of the HNPCC cases in the US.

Currently, Anja is working as a clinical geneticist at the dept. of Clinical Genetics of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.

http://www.erasmusmc.nl/klinische_genetica/patient/staf/wagner/
Kris Siezen
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Kris Siezen
Kris Siezen was a PhD student under Riccardo’s supervision from 2000 to 2004, in a collaboration with the National Institute of Public Health and Environment (RIVM).

She is now working as a non-clinical assessor for the Medicines Evaluation Board in Utrecht.
Ron Smits
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Ron Smits
Ron Smits studied Biomedical Sciences at the University of Leiden, and performed his PhD study (1998-2002) and first postdoctoral experience (2002-2003) under Riccardo’s supervision at the Department of Human Genetics of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).

His thesis entitled "APC and cancer: It takes two to tango" was successfully defended in 2002 (cum laude).

Beginning of 2003, he joined Genentech Inc., South San Francisco, CA, as a research scientist to establish and characterize spontaneous intestinal tumor models. Here, he also developed a novel research on the cross-talk between receptor tyrosine kinases and ß-catenin signaling in cancer, for which he was awarded a Vidi (ZonMW) grant in 2004 when he was appointed as an assistant professor in the Dept. of Pathology of the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam.

Since January 2008, he is a staff member at the Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Erasmus MC, where he focuses on molecular mechanisms contributing to intestinal tumor formation and metastasis.
Juul Wijnen
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Juul Wijnen
PhD thesis “Molecular genetics of Hereditary Non-Polyposis Colorectal Cancer”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Peter Hohenstein
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Peter Hohenstein
Peter Hohenstein was in the Fodde lab as a PhD student from November 1995 to November 2001.

After a long period as a Reader/Group Leader in The Roslin Institute (University of Edinburgh) where he studied the link between normal kidney development and kidney disease, Peter is now back to The Netherlands, at the Dept. of Human Genetics of the Leiden University Medical Center where he carries on his research on kidney development, disease, and regenerative medicine.

https://www.lumc.nl/org/humane­genetica/research/research­line­4/kidney­development­ disease­and­regenerative­medicine/
P.Hohenstein@lumc.nl
Robert Balten (Rob) Van Der Luijt
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Robert Balten (Rob) Van Der Luijt
Robert Balten (Rob) van der Luijt was a PhD student in Riccardo's lab from 1991 until 1996, performing genetic analysis and genotype-phenotype studies in familial adenomatous polyposis, an inherited colorectal cancer syndrome caused by APC germline mutations.

The PhD study was supervised by the late professor P. Meera Khan and co-supervised by Riccardo.

In November 1996, Rob successfully defended his PhD thesis at Leiden University. From March 1996 he has been working at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU) as a clinical laboratory specialist (main focus areas: genetic diagnostics of hereditary tumour syndromes / DNA sequence variant classification).

Rob is actively and passionately involved in (bio-)medical education at UMCU, both as a teacher, coordinator and developer of several (under-)graduate courses and lectures.

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