Prof. Dr. Jon Laman
Prof. Dr. Jon Laman
Dept. of Immunology
Dr. Molewaterplein 50
3015 GE Rotterdam
Tel. +31 (0)10 70 43796
Jon Laman obtained a degree in Medical Biology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam in 1987. In 1992 he obtained a PhD from the Erasmus University Rotterdam for a thesis on antibody formation and follicular immune complexes (promotor Prof. J.J. Haaijman, copromotores Dr. E. Claassen and Dr. N. van Rooijen). The research was performed at the TNO Medical Biological Laboratory of TNO in Rijswijk, where he later was a tenured investigator with a shared position at the Department of Viral Pathogenesis, TNO Primate Center, with Dr. J.J. Heeney.
From 1993-1994 he was a postdoctoral visiting researcher with Dr. Randolph Noelle at the Department of Microbiology, Dartmouth Medical School, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA, working on in vivo analysis of CD40-CD40 ligand interactions in B-cell responses and autoimmunity. Upon return to The Netherlands, he was an independent scientist at TNO Prevention and Health in Leiden, continuing work on costimulation in multiple sclerosis (MS) and mouse EAE.
In 1997 Jon Laman joined the Department of Immunology (head: Prof. R. Benner), Erasmus University Rotterdam and Erasmus Medical Center, as a staff scientist leading the unit Immune Regulation. He was appointed full professor in Immune Regulation in 2005. He has over 160 SCI publications, and was a council member of the Dutch Society for Immunology (NVVI, approx. 1400 members) for two terms (2002-2008). Teaching activities include histology, medicine and evolution, and immunology to a diversity of audiences.
The unit Immune Regulation has five workgroups focusing on chronic inflammatory diseases (MS, GBS, RA and psoriasis), and the role of dendritic cells in immune regulation. We take advantage of the parallels and differences in immune pathogenesis of these diseases for conceptual crosstalk and productive collaborations. Close interactions with clinical and preclinical departments of Erasmus MC underlie our translational approach.