Part-time and Special Chairs


Part-time Chairs

  • prof. dr. S.M. (Marieke) van Ham

    Part-time Chair: Biological Immunology

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Manager Immunopathologie at Sanquin Research, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


The Department of Immunopathology investigates the regulation of inflammation and tolerance against non-infectious antigens, with a specific focus on humoral immune responses.


Special chairs

  • prof. dr. J. (Jannie) Borst

    Special chair: Experimental Oncology
    T: 0205122056

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Head Division Immunology at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, The Netherlands


Our research addresses the question how lymphocytes decide between living and dying. Our work is inspired by the desire to improve immunotherapy of cancer. Sustaining survival of activated lymphocytes is expected to improve anti-tumor immunity. The second aim of our work is to contribute to the design of novel anti-cancer therapies by exploiting apoptotic pathways.


Jaap van Buul at Sanquin, Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Special Chair: Molecular Cell Biology of Cell Migration

Affiliated to: Molecular Cytology

  • prof. dr. J. (Jeroen) Hugenholtz

    Special chair: Industrial Molecular Microbiology
    T: 0205256424

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Senior Scientist Industrial Microbial Biotechnology in the Business Unit Biobased Products, Wageningen University & Research Centre


Our research has two main focuses: (i) to gain complete control of the (food) fermentation processes by using a systems biology approach for complete understanding of the lactic acid bacteria and (ii) to expand the industrial use of fermentation processes as a natural and sustainable alternative for the food industry.

Affiliated to: Molecular Microbial Physiology

  • prof. dr. C. (Kees) Jalink

    Special Chair: High-Resolution Microscopy

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Group leader Cell Biophysics & Imaging Group at the Netherlands Cancer Institute, Amsterdam, the Netherlands


Genomic- and high-throughput screening methods have identified tremendous amounts of biomedically relevant proteins. The functions of these proteins can not be fully understood without detailed knowledge of their localisation, concentration, and particularly, their mutual interactions and activa­tion state in living cells. Many of these interactions are short-lived or exist very locally within the cell and therefore techniques with high spatiotemporal resolution are required to study them in single living cells. Our lab focuses on biophysical techniques to provide this resolution. Our lab is well-equipped for both electrophysiological and advanced biophotonic studies, and we develop and implement new techniques.

Affiliated to: Molecular Cytology

  • prof. dr. B.H. (Benno) ter Kuile

    Special Chair: Microbial Food Safety and Antibiotic Resistance in the Food Chain

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Senior advisor microbiology at the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority, Ministry of Economic Affairs


All bacteria, pathogenic commensal or environmental, that are exposed to non-lethal concentrations of antibiotics acquire resistance to these compounds. Antibiotic resistance causes considerable extra costs and suffering in human patients. Some of the resistance encountered in human pathogens has originally been selected for in the agricultural sector. Our group studies in laboratory models such as chemostats how bacteria become resistant to antibiotics, what exposure regimes lead to how much resistance and how therapeutic goals can be reached while creating minimal resistance.

Affiliated to: Molecular Biology and Microbial Food Safety

  • prof. dr. M.W. (Marcel) Prins

    Special Chair: Phytopathology (in particular Plant virology)

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Vice President Vegetable Crops at KeyGene, Wageningen, The Netherlands


In my research chair, I focus on the interplay between plants and plant viruses. How can tiny viruses - often encoding not more than five proteins - carry out all the many complex functions that are needed for their own reproduction and spread and deal with
plant defenses at the same time?

Affiliated to:  Molecular Plant Pathology

Published by  Swammerdam Institute

6 December 2018