Webinar by Marcel Tijsterman
On worms, transgenic plants, and breast cancer patients
Leiden University Medical Center, Leiden, the Netherlands
Marcel Tijsterman studied Chemistry at the Leiden University, specializing in Molecular Genetics. He received his PhD in 1999 studying “Repair analysis of UV-induced DNA damage at nucleotide resolution”. For his postdoctoral work, he joined the lab of Ronald Plasterk at the Netherlands Cancer Institute in Amsterdam, which moved to the Hubrecht Institute in Utrecht in 2001. There he started his independent research on genomic instability and DNA damage responses. In 2009, he moved his research group to the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC), where he was appointed professor in 2014. The title of his inaugural lecture was: “On Darwin and DNA, and on beauty in decay”. In 2017, he was also appointed professor of Genome Engineering at the Institute of Biology Leiden (IBL). At the LUMC, Tijsterman’s research group is embedded in the LUMC profile area "Cancer Pathogenesis and Therapy" which entails a multidisciplinary approach aimed to integrate and to translate results of basic research in cancer genetics, molecular cell biology and immunology into precision cancer care.