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About us

Department of Cell Biology

Danny-Huylebroeck Danny Huylebroeck, chairman department Cell Biology, ErasmusMC.

 

Our challenge is to be at the forefront of the world-wide effort to understand the molecular and cellular basis of normal development and disease and to bridge the gap between basic biology, medicine and applied science.

Introduction. The Department of Cell Biology was started 40 years ago as part of the new Medical Faculty of the Erasmus University, Rotterdam. The Department has around 100 staff and is embedded in the theme 'Biomedical Sciences' of the faculty which comprises the departments of Cell Biology (Danny Huylebroeck), Molecular Genetics (Jan Hoeijmakers), Biochemistry (Peter Verrijzer), Develomental Biology (Joost Gribnau), Genetic identification (Manfred Kayser), Bio-informatics (Peter van der Spek) and Neurosciences (Chris de Zeeuw). We have a modern infrastructure that is shared with a number of departments in the faculty. The Department provides excellent opportunities for long-term and innovative science, based around interdisciplinary teams. Our challenge is to be at the forefront of the world-wide effort to understand the molecular and cellular basis of normal development and disease and to bridge the gap between basic biology, medicine and applied science.

Research Strategy. We use modern biological approaches to gain an understanding of the molecular and physiological basis of normal development and disease. The research program is organised around a number of themes: the regulation of transcription in development, hematopoietic (and other) stem cells and differentiation, epigenetics and chromatin remodelling and the role of the cytoskeleton. Modern technology such as advanced genomics, proteomics, bio-informatics and imaging supported by experts underpin the reseach. The Department is a member of several collaborative initiatives such as CBG (Center for Biomedical Genetics), CGC (Cancer Genomics Center), MGC (Medical Genetics Center), and two Bsik programs (MousePhenomics and Stem cells).

Education. Teaching in the department is part of PhD program (approx. 30 students from many different countries) and a MSc program organised by the Medical Genetics Cluster of the ErasmusMC. The latter aims to stimulate interactions between basic and clinically oriented students. The department organises a monthly seminar program by leading international scientists (the Erasmus Lectures) and there are a number of other seminars each week.