Joep is a Research Technician at the Amsterdam Medical Centre (Amsterdam UMC). He completed a BSc degree in Natural and Social Sciences at the University of Amsterdam (UvA), specialising in patient-oriented biomedical research. After this, Joep proceeded with a MSc degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) with specialisations in infectious diseases and immunology. During the programme, he wrote his thesis about the synthesis of short-chain fatty acids in a defined minimal microbiome and their implications in modulation of the host immune response. Additionally, Joep executed a research project investigating expression patterns and protein localisation under hypoxic conditions in adherent and spheroid non-small cell lung cancer cultures at the Fundación Investigación Hospital General Universitario de Valencia (FIHGUV).
Within the GUTVIBRATIONS consortium, Joep will be supporting the development of a gut epithelial-immune cell model, which mimics the interactions between the gut epithelium and immune cells forming the first line of gastrointestinal defense.
Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMC) is one of the foremost research institutions in the Netherlands and one of its largest hospitals, with 1500 staff members employed in medical research. The Amsterdam UMC research is organized in 7 themes within the AMC Research Institute, where AMC Principal Investigators (PIs) are appointed to develop their own research lines. The AMC Graduate School organizes doctorate level academic training of AMC PhD students (209 PhD rewarded in 2016). This concentration of expertise makes the center a breeding ground for fruitful scientific collaborations.