Van Amerongen Lab                  Stem cell and Cancer Biology

Section of Molecular Cytology    -     Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences    -     University of Amsterdam  


Development of a multicellular animal requires tight control of cell proliferation, differentiation and polarized cell movements to ensure the correct assembly of cells into complex tissues. The same molecular mechanisms that normally guide these biological processes in the developing embryo, maintain tissue homeostasis in the adult. When disrupted, they are the underlying cause of degenerative diseases, tumor formation and, ultimately, aging.

Our mission is to close critical knowledge gaps in developmental, stem cell and cancer biology through basic research.

We specifically focus on the role and regulation of Wnt-signal transduction in mammary gland development and breast cancer.
For this, we use a combination of in vitro and in vivo approaches, including lineage tracing analyses and primary three-dimensional organoid cultures. As such, we operate at the exciting interface of regenerative medicine and cancer research.

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We enjoy talking about our research (or science in general) to a wide range of audiences. Whether it is kids, high school students or interested adults, we welcome opportunities to communicate our fascination for the human body (and what goes on inside it at the level of DNA, proteins and cells) to the general public.

Our work has received financial support from the following sources: