van Amerongen Lab - Developmental, Stem Cell & Cancer Biology

- Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences - University of Amsterdam -  

Through the years


Alumni


PhD student

In 2016 Saskia received her MSc degree (cum laude) from the University of Amsterdam, where she followed the track "Cell Biology and Advanced Microscopy". During her master she did an internship in the van Amerongen lab and went abroad for her second internship with Nadine Peyriéras (CNRS, Gif-sur-Yvette France). Saskia returned to the group to start a PhD in September 2016 and uses advanced microscopy techniques to further elucidate molecular mechanisms of Wnt signaling. This project is carried out in close collaboration with Dr. Mark Hink. Saskia left the lab in September 2021. Check Saskia's LinkedIn profile to see where she is now.

Larissa Mourao, PhD
postdoc

Larissa received her MSc in Molecular and Cellular Biology at the Université Pierre et Marie Curie in 2013, specialising in Developmental Biology. She then pursued her PhD work in the laboratory of Silvia Fre at the Institut Curie in Paris, where she focused in the identification and molecular characterisation of an intestinal cancer stem cell population expressing the Notch1 receptor. Larissa was awarded her PhD in 2017. She joined the group in January 2018 to work on the role of aberrant Wnt signalling in breast cancer, using both mouse and human (breast cancer) three-dimensional organoid cultures. Larissa left the lab in April 2020. Check Larissa's LinkedIn profile to see where she is now.

Amber Zeeman, BASc
technician

Amber received her BASc degree in 2013, after completing internships at the Utrecht Medical Center and the Netherlands Cancer Institute. She briefly worked as a technician for Jos Jonkers at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in 2013 and joined the group in November of the same year. She has established the primary three-dimensional organoid culture system in the lab and continues to explore other complex in vitro culture systems. In December 2017 her temporary position became permanent. Amber left the lab in April 2020.
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senior postdoc

Katrin received her MSc degree in Human Biology from the University of Marburg in 2008. During her PhD with Martin Eilers at the Biocenter in Würzburg, Katrin focused on MYC oncoproteins and developed her passion for mammary gland biology and breast cancer research. She received her PhD in 2016 (summa cum laude).
Katrin joined the lab in January 2015 and works on identifying and manipulating the mammary stem cell niche. In 2016, she was awarded a 2-year Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions Individual Fellowship. In collaboration with the UvA-FNWI career service, Katrin also established the SILS career lunch series, which aims to inspire PhD students and postdocs to take charge of their own career development by exploring different career perspectives. In January 2019 her temporary position became permanent and in July 2019 she was awarded a highly competitive NWO VENI grant. Katrin left the lab in December 2019.
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PhD student

Nika received her MSc degree from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in December 2013. During the Master Oncology she worked as an intern in the labs of Tom Wurdinger (VUmc Cancer Center Amsterdam) and Puck Knipscheer (Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht). In 2014 she did an extracurricular internship in the lab of David Virshup at Duke-NUS Graduate Medical School in Singapore, where she worked on Wnt signaling. Nika joined the group in October 2014 and works on identifying the mammary stem cell niche. Nika left the lab in October 2019. She defended her PhD thesis in July 2021.
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PhD student

After completing internships in the labs of Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht) and Magdalena Zernicka-Goetz (Cambridge University, UK), Anoeska received her MSc degree from Utrecht University in 2013. She joined the group in March 2014 and works on identifying the mammary stem cell niche. In addition, she also uses CRISPR technology to modify genes implicated in Wnt signal transduction with the goal of visualizing Wnt signaling in real time. Anoeska left the lab in December 2018 to start a position as assistant manager at SILS.
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Former MSc students:

Jenny Heijkoop, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
February 2021 - August 2021
Research project: Tissue-specific WNT/CTNNB1 signalling in the mammary gland

Jenny is performing her internship under the supervision of Renee and is using multiple online tools to investigate existing datasets to generate new hypotheses to be tested in the lab once the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

Melanie Rietveld, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Biochemistry and Biotechnology track)
February 2021 - August 2021
Research project: Functional imaging of CTNNB1

Melanie received her BSc from Amsterdam University College and is currently investigating the intracellular behavior of CTNNB1 under the supervision of Tanne van der Wal.

Uliana Shvetsova, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Developmental and Therapeutic Biology track)
February 2021 - July 2021
Research project: Tissue-specific regulation of WNT/CTNNB1 signaling

Uliana is performing her internship under the supervision of Renee and is using multiple online tools and existing datasets to generate new hypotheses regarding the regulation of Fzd6 and Fzd7, which can be tested in the lab once the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

Omayma Al-Qezweny, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Developmental and Therapeutic Biology track)
February 2021 - July 2021
Research project: Tissue-specific regulation of WNT/CTNNB1 signaling

Omayma is performing her internship under the supervision of Renee and is using multiple online tools and existing datasets to generate new hypotheses regarding the regulation of Wnt5a and Wnt5b, which can be tested in the lab once the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

Jobana Ananthasabesan, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
February 2021 - September 2021
Research project: Tissue-specific WNT/CTNNB1 signaling in the mammary gland

Jobana is performing her internship under the supervision of Renee and is using multiple online tools to investigate existing datasets to generate new hypotheses to be tested in the lab once the COVID-19 pandemic allows.

Zino Groen, Msc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Developmental and Therapeutic Biology track)
January 2020 - August 2021
Research project: Visualizing endogenous Wnt signaling in intestinal organoids

Zino's research internship (under the supervision of Yorick) was brutally interrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic. While the lab was closed, he wrote his literature thesis on lineage tracing in the mammary gland under the supervision of Renee.

Rianne Schoon, Msc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology and Advanced Microscopy track)
December 2018 - August 2019
Research project: Determining the molecular composition and stability of the beta-catenin destruction complex

Rianne went on to do her second MSc internship at Sanquin.
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Isabel Mora Martinez, Msc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
January 2018 - August 2018
Research project: Dissecting the molecular response to elevated level of Wnt signaling in the mammary gland

Isabel went on to do her second MSc internship at the Netherlands Cancer Institute.
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Katja Klooster, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
January 2018 - July 2018
Research project: Regulation of Wnt expression in the mammary gland

Katja went on to do the major "Science and Society".
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Sanne Lith, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Cell Biology and Advanced Microscopy track)
January 2018 - August 2018
Research project: Functional imaging of Wnt signal transduction

Sanne went on to do her second MSc internship at the Max Planck Institute for Biomedicine in Muenster, Germany.
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Lieve Oudejans, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
December 2016 - September 2017
Research project: Dissecting the molecular response to elevated level of Wnt signaling in the mammary gland

Lieve went on to do her second MSc internship in Oxford, UK.
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Cátia Rodrigues Pereira, MSc internship (Erasmus Exchange program, Master Program in Biotechnology at Instituto Superior Técnico, University of Lisbon)
February 2017 - June 2016
Research project: Epigenetic manipulation of Wnt ligand expression

Lotte Hofstee, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy track)
December 2015 - July 2016
Research project: Quantifying endogenous Wnt signaling in real time

Lotte went on to do her second internship at Sanquin, Amsterdam.
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Jelte Hermans, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Oncology track)
January 2016 - July 2016
Research project: Dissecting the molecular response to changes in Wnt signaling in the mammary gland

Jelte went on to do the Tesla minor at the University of Amsterdam.

Francesca Catto, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy track)
December 2015 - July 2016
Research project: Generating a novel genetic tool to control reversible Wnt-pathway activation in vitro and in vivo

Francesca went on to do her second internship at the PRBB (IMIM) in Barcelona, Spain.
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Saskia de Man, MSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, Cell biology and Advanced Microscopy track)
December 2014 - September 2015
Research project: Combining CRISPR/Cas9 technology and advanced microscopy for functional imaging of Wnt-signaling activity

Saskia went on to do her second internship at the Institut de Neurobiologie Alfred Fessard in Paris, France.
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Bastiaan van den Berg, MSc internship (Molecular Neurosciences)
December 2014 - August 2015
Research project: Using CRISPR/Cas9 technology to develop novel Wnt-pathway reporters

Bastiaan went on to do his second internship at Rockefeller University, New York City, USA.
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Anika Bongaarts, MSc internship (Molecular Neurosciences)
January 2015 - August 2015
Research project: Studying the molecular and morphological responses of the mammary epithelium in a 3D environment

Anika went on to do a PhD at the Amsterdam University hospital (AMC).
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Former BSc students:

Demi Blüm, Bsc internship (Biomedical Sciences)
April 2021 - June 2021
Research project: Building reporters for WNT and BMP signaling

Demi is performing her internship as part of the SILS-wide improvised 'cloning internships' to offer our students some lab experience despite the pandemic, as regular internship positions are hard to come by this year. Under the supervision of Thijs, Demi is using restriction enzyme and gateway based cloning approaches to generate new reporters for WNT and BMP signaling.

Tiba Vinck, Bsc internship (Biomedical Sciences)
April 2021 - June 2021
Research project: Building reporters for WNT and BMP signaling

Tiba is performing her internship as part of the SILS-wide improvised 'cloning internships' to offer our students some lab experience despite the pandemic, as regular internship positions are hard to come by this year. Under the supervision of Thijs, Tiba is using restriction enzyme and gateway based cloning approaches to generate new reporters for WNT and BMP signaling.

Femke Mol, Bsc internship (Biomedical Sciences)
March 2020 - June 2020
Research project: Quantifying endogenous CTNNB1 using advanced microscopy

Femke went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

Delano Sanches, BSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, excellence track)
February 2019 - July 2019
Research project: The effects of matrix stiffness on human breast organoid growth

Delano went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
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Beau Neep, BSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, excellence track)
February 2019 - July 2019
Research project: Functional imaging of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling

Beau went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
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Kyah van Megesen, BSc internship (Biomedical Sciences, excellence track)
February 2019 - July 2019
Research project: Identifying and characterizing putative Wnt enhancer sequences

Kyah went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
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Marius Messemaker, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences, excellence track)
February 2018 - July 2018
Research project: Regulation of Wnt expression in the mammary gland

Marius went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University.

Roan van Scheppingen, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences, excellence track)
February 2018 - July 2018
Research project: Regulation of Wnt expression in the mammary gland

Roan went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University.
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Jasmijn Span, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences)
September 2017 - February 2018
Research project: Functional imaging of Wnt/beta-catenin signaling

Jasmijn went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

Nicolaas Boon, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences, honors program)
February 2017 - August 2016
Research project: Identification of novel cis-acting enhancer sequences

Nicolaas went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.

Britt van der Swaan, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences)
February 2017 - July 2016
Research project: Building better and brighter lineage tracing models

Britt went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam.
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Tanne van der Wal, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences, honors program) and guest researcher
December 2015 - January 2016 (part-time volunteer), February 2016 - July 2016 (full time) and February 2017 - July 2017 (guest researcher)
Research project: Functional characterization of the novel transmembrane protein Tmem98

Tanne initially went on to study abroad for an extracurricular semester at the University of Toronto. After leaving the lab in July 2017, she went on to obtain an MSc in Biomedical Sciences
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Vivienne Woo, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences, honors program)
November 2014 - January 2015 (part-time volunteer) and February 2015 - August 2015 (full time)
Research project: Developing a novel tool to modulate Wnt-signaling levels

Vivienne went on to do her PhD thesis research at the University of Cincinnati (USA).
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Tessa Hemrika, BSc internship (Biomedical sciences)
April 2014 - July 2014
Research project: Developing novel tools to manipulate Wnt-signal transduction

Tessa went on to obtain a MSc in Biochemistry and Metabolic Diseases at the University of Amsterdam.
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