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Patrick Derksen

As a Professor of Experimental and Preclinical Oncology I am fascinated how loss of cell adhesion triggers cancer progression.
Outside the lab I love culinary extravaganza’s and fast motor cycles.

Thijs Koorman

I am an Assistant Professor studying oncogenic receptors in breast cancer, and probe their susceptibility for cellular immunotherapy. Outside the lab I enjoy American sports, traveling and long hikes.

Lotte Enserink

As a research technician I work on loss of adhesion and cancer metastasis. For this I’m working with in vitro and in vivo models. Outside the lab I like to cook and bake and try out new recipes but also going out for dinner. 

Peter Haughton

I am interested in cell-ECM interactions and how they control Head & Neck cancer progression in a project sponsored by KWF. I am PhD student and a keen hockey player, enjoy cinema going and exploring the world.

Eline ter Steege

As a PhD student I try to unravel the molecular mechanisms through which R-spondins drive breast  cancer development (a KWF-funded project). Outside the lab I am an active volleyball player and like to read a good book. 

Thijmen Sijnesael

I focus on the molecular pathways that drive Lobular Breast cancer progression. Sponsored by Breast Cancer Now, I develop targeted interventions using mouse models of Lobular Breast Cancer. Besides science I enjoy watching and playing football.

Wisse Haakma

I work on the Head & Neck Squamous Cell Cancer KWF project as a research technician together with Peter. I support studies into the local invasion of cancer cells. Outside of the laboratory I love to travel and have a drink with my friends.

Max Rätze

As a former undergraduate in the Derksenlab I am now pursuing a PhD working on the breast cancer adhesome in a KWF-funded project. Who needs a hobby if you’re doing Biomedical Research?

Daan Visser

My interests center on the signals and switches that drive tissue homeostasis and how to manipulate these in disease states. In the real-world I enjoy hikes on the beach and in the mountains as well as relaxing on the couch watching quality shows.

Ellen Post

Working as a managing assistant at the Pathology Department at UMCU, I assist Patrick with day-to-day admin, and support the Biomedical Sciences Bachelor’s course ‘Clinical Oncology’ organised by Patrick and Thijs.


Annick Nouwens

Annick is a MSc student working in the lab with Thijs. They are exploring options for cellular immunotherapy in breast cancer.

Garik Galustjan

Supervised by Peter, Garik is a MSc student working the Head and Neck cancer invasion project sponsored by KWF.


Sandra de Oliveira Tavares
Principal Investigator
Institute of Molecular Pathology and Immunology of the University of Porto (Ipatimub) 

Karin Jansen
Strategy Analyst
Info Support International Group

Milou Tenhagen
Senior Analyst
Zilveren Kruis Achmea

Robert van de Ven
Senior Scientist
Cyteir Therapeutics
Cambridge, MA, USA

Jolien de Groot
Clinical Assessor
College Beoordeling Geneesmiddelen

Iordanka Ivanova
Scientific Evaluator, Therapeutic Products Directorate
Health Canada | Santé Canada

Çigdem Ercan
Regulatory Affairs Associate Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics

Eva Vlug
ICT Consultant at WinVision

Ron Schackmann
Senior Scientist

FORMER Labmembers:

Elvira Bakker

Sridevi Jaksani

Loes Doornbos
Research Associate
Scenic Biotech, Utrecht

Lilian SLuimer
PhD student Cell Biology
Akhmanova lab, Utrecht University

Miranda van Amersfoort
Clinical Research Associate
AMC Amsterdam

Amar Devit
Manager Market Research
Data Analytics, Amsterdam

Annelieke Jaspers
Research Technician
VUMC, Amsterdam

Rhandy Eman
Customer Engagement Effectiveness Manager, Novartis NL

FORMER Undergraduates:

Judith oude Nijhuis 

Lester Lardenoije

Mark de Korte

Lisa Sackmann

Mara Bouwman

Christa Rohof

Nikki Kolsters

Celine Overbeeke

Kirsten Veldmaat

Gabriele Sakalauskaite

Manuel Saornil

Lilian Sluimer

Madita Reimer

Tanja Eisemann

Max Rätze

Sander Boogaard

Jos Koopman

Audrey Sporrij

Maria Boumpoutsari

Tamara Kubbenga

Suzanne Stelloo

Gerdien van den Heuvel

Francisca Peixoto

Mijanou Niklaas

Maartje Pustjens

Judith Haarhuis