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About Claire Wyman

About Claire Wyman

Claire WymanClaire Wyman received her PhD in Molecular Biology from The University of California at Berkeley in 1990 in the group of Dr. E. Blackburn, where she studied transposons and transposition events involved in the developmental genome rearrangements of Tetrahymena thermophila. Her postdoctoral work in the laboratory of Dr. H. Echols at the University of California at Berkeley focused on determining the structure of complex nucleoprotein assemblies of DNA replication primarily using electron microscopy. In collaboration with Dr. Carols Bustamante at the University of Oregon she appled the newly developed technique of Scanning Force Microscopy (SFM) to study DNA replication and transcription mechanisms. In 1996 she joined the Department of Cell Biology and Genetics at the Erasmus Medical Centre.  Here she set up the Centre for Scanning Force Microscopy of Biological Nanomachines to study the molecular machinery involved in DNA repair. This work has led to new understanding of several important functional assemblies of DNA repair machinery and their mechanism of action. In 2005 she was appointed Associate Professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology at the Erasmus MC and continues to apply novel microscopy and molecular manipulation techniques to advance our understanding of complex mechanisms of genome metabolism. In 2006 she received a VICI award from the Chemical Sciences division of NWO to expand this work in new directions. Since August 2008 she is Professor of Molecular Radiation Biology.  She is academic director of Nanobiology, a new joint BSc program between Erasmus MC and TU Delft, started September 2012. 

She serves on many local and national science advisory committees including:
ErasmusMC MRACE, Member fellowship selection committee
FOM Physics of Life processes, Chair advisory committee
AMOLF institute, Member directors advice committee (Beleidsadviescommissie)
TKI Chemie (knowledge and innovation), Member Chemistry of Life Program Council

Bachelor of Science (BS) in Natural Sciences/Public Health, awarded 05/06/1980
The Johns Hopkins University,
Baltimore Maryland, USA

Master of Science (MSc) in Immunology and Infectious Diseases, awarded 30/06/1984
The Johns Hopkins University
School of Hygiene and Public Health,
Baltimore Maryland, USA

Doctorate (PhD) in Molecular Biology, awarded 30/09/1990
University of California at Berkeley, USA
Department of Molecular Biology
Laboratory of Dr. Elizabeth H. Blackburn

Current (UHD 2005-2008, HL 2008) Professor
Molecular Radiobiology
Department of Radiation Oncology
Erasmus MC – Daniel, and
Department of Molecular Genetics
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

May 2001 through December 2004  Research Group Leader
Department of Radiation Oncology
Erasmus MC – Daniel, and
Department of Cell Biology and Genetics
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

April 1996 through April 2001   Research Scientist
Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, 
Erasmus MC, Rotterdam

September 1990 through February 1995 Postdoctoral Fellow
Laboratory of Dr. Harrison Echols 
Department of Molecular and Cell Biology 
University of California, Berkeley, USA