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Staff members with discipline Biology

Academia develops at the interface of different fields. This is one reason why the University of Groningen is home to a wide range of fields, each with a great number of subject specialists. The overview below, which is based on a standard categorization of fields, will help you find the right expert for each field. If you cannot find the expert you are looking for in this list, try searching via a related field or faculty; you may find him or her there.

Overview of all disciplines

Marine Microbiologist with an interest in phytoplankton, algal physiology, primary production, DMSP production and sea ice habitats.
M.G. (Mareike) Bach, MSc
Contact
m.g.bach rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Structural Biology
cryo Electron Microscopy (cryo-EM)
Membrane Proteins
C. (Cristina) Batista Paulino, Prof Dr
Contact
c.paulino rug.nl
+31 50 36 33402
Function
Assistant Professor, Head of cryo-EM unit
Joint PhD at Maquarie University of Sydney
F. (Flavia) Berlinghieri
Contact
f.berlinghieri rug.nl
+31 6 2935 5189
Function
PhD student
Microbiology (studies and previous work experience),  neuroscience (studies and research projects), teaching in practicals
K. (Kristine) van der Bij, MSc
Contact
k.van.der.bij rug.nl
+31 50 36 32165
Function
Teacher Biology and Life Science & Technology
Field / Discipline
Neurogenetics, Pheromonal communication, social and sexual behaviours, reproduction, Drosophila.
J.C. (Jean-Christophe) Billeter, Prof Dr
Contact
j.c.billeter rug.nl
Function
Associate professor Neurogenetics of social and sexual behaviour
dr. A.S. (Ate) Boerema
Contact
a.s.boerema rug.nl
+31 50 36 37848
Function
Postdoctoral fellow
Field / Discipline
Aging, cellular senescence, cancer
dr. M. (Michela) Borghesan
Contact
m.borghesan rug.nl
Function
Avian Migration, Evolutionary ecology, Climate change, Dispersal, Population ecology, Adaptation to changing environments
prof. dr. ir. C. (Christiaan) Both
Contact
c.both rug.nl
Function
Professor of Animal Ecology
dr. E.M.C. (Esther) Bouma
Contact
e.m.c.bouma rug.nl
+31 50 36 36434
Function
Institutional researcher
Algae ecophysiology - Biogeochemistry
D. (Deborah) Bozzato, Dr MSc
Contact
d.bozzato rug.nl
Function
Program Manager (HTRIC) - Young Professional Trainee - Postdoctoral researcher (GELIFES)
dr. S.W.M. (Sophia) Bruggeman
Contact
s.w.m.bruggeman umcg.nl
Function
Rosalind Franklin fellow (scientist, junior group leader)
Clinical: reconstructive orthopedic surgery, children orthopedic surgery, knee surgery, foot and ankle surgeryResearch: cartilage and bone reconstruction, biomaterials, infection related to biomaterialsClinical reserach: healthy ageing, analysis movement after prosthetic surgery, conservative treatment osteoartritis
No picture available
Contact
s.k.bulstra umcg.nl
Function
Head Department of Orthopedy UMCG
Field / Discipline
Behavioral physiological, neurobiological and neuroendocrinological pre-clinical research into short- and long-term consequences of social conflicts.
dr. B. (Bauke) Buwalda
Contact
b.buwalda rug.nl
+31 50 36 32352
Function
Associate professor
Transcriptional, translational and post-translational control of gene regulation.
Moelcular mechansims in ageing, lifespan determination and age-related diseases.
Molecular mechanims and metabolic alterations in tumour development.
prof. dr. C.F. (Cor) Calkhoven
Contact
c.f.calkhoven umcg.nl
Function
Professor
Aging, cancer, age-related disease, cellular senescence
dr. M. (Marco) Demaria
Contact
m.demaria umcg.nl
Function
Associate Professor
Field / Discipline
Animal Ecology, Ecophysiology, Microbiome
dr. M.W. (Maurine) Dietz
Contact
m.w.dietz rug.nl
+31 50 36 32044
Function
Research Associate
Field / Discipline
- ageing models
- life history trade-offs 
- immunosenescence
- ecoimmunology
M.M.G. (Merijn) Driessen, MSc
Contact
m.m.g.driessen rug.nl
Function
PhD Student
Management assistent / Coaching and training for PhD students
dr. C.M. (Corine) Eising
Contact
c.m.eising rug.nl
+31 50 36 39140
Function
PhD Coordinator
Field / Discipline
Transport processes in plants, CO2 utilization in algae and plants, Stress physiology in plants
prof. dr. J.T.M. (J Theo M) Elzenga
Contact
j.t.m.elzenga rug.nl
+31 50 36 32307
Function
Professor Ecophysiology of Plants
Field / Discipline
Conservation, Entomology, Ecology, Evolution, Behavior, Fruit protection
K. (Karla) Escobedo Quevedo, MSc
Contact
k.escobedo.quevedo rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Molecular diagnostics of infectious diseases -Molecular Biology - Cell biology - Microbiology - Genomics - Next Generation Sequencing - Genotyping
dr. M.A. Fliss
Contact
m.a.chlebowicz umcg.nl
Function
PostDoc/ MMMio
Enzyme engineering, redox enzymology
prof. dr. ir. M.W. (Marco) Fraaije
Contact
m.w.fraaije rug.nl
+31 50 36 34345
Function
Full Professor
Behavioural Biology, behavioural development and steroid hormnones, animal personalities, behavioural lateralization 
dr. A.G.G. (Ton) Groothuis
Contact
a.g.g.groothuis rug.nl
Function
Professor
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Contact
yiming.guo rug.nl
Function
PhD student
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Contact
m.r.hamberg rug.nl
Function
PhD candidate
Field / Discipline
- Carbohydrate Active Enzymes (CAZymes)
- Structural analytics of carbohydrates (HPAEC-PAD, MALDI-TOF,...)
- Enzyme characterization & engineering
- Biomass degradation & valorization research
L. (Lisanne) Hameleers, MSc
Contact
l.hameleers rug.nl
Function
PhD student - Curious Scientist
dr. S.J. (Sjoerd) van Hasselt
Contact
s.j.van.hasselt rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral reseacher
Field / Discipline
Learning and Memory, Hippocampal function, Synaptic plasticity, Sleep deprivation, Chemogenetics, Optogenetics, Memory Engrams Transgenic mouse models, Viral approaches, Long-term potentiation.
prof. dr. R. (Robbert) Havekes
Contact
r.havekes rug.nl
Function
Associate Professor (Neuroscience of Memory and Sleep)
Field / Discipline
I’m researcher at the Royal Netherlands Institute for Sea Research (NIOZ), and a professor of Coastal Ecology at the University of Groningen. I study interactions between organisms and their environment in coastal ecosystems. My research primarily focuses on the ecosystem-level importance and functioning of “ecosystem engineers” – species that significantly modify habitat conditions. Ecosystem engineers are often the “foundation species” of a system, which basically means that many other species depend on them. Over the last decades, human impact has resulted in worldwide declines of foundation species-structured ecosystems such as bivalve reefs, seagrass meadows and salt marshes. In my research, I combine fieldwork, laboratory experiments, GIS and computer models to unravel how these systems function and how to preserve and restore them.
prof. dr. ir. T. (Tjisse) van der Heide
Contact
t.van.der.heide rug.nl
Function
Professor of Coastal Ecology
*  Chronobiology
*  Circannual rhythms
*  Clocks of wild organisms
*  Migration
*  Clock disruption
*  Evolution & ecology of timing
*  Seasonal biology
*  Environmental physiology
*  Ornithology
prof. dr. B. (Barbara) Helm
Contact
b.helm rug.nl
+31 50 36 32780
Function
Associate Professor for Biological Rhythms of Natural Organisms
Field / Discipline
Self-organisation of social systems
prof. dr. C.K. (Charlotte) Hemelrijk
Contact
c.k.hemelrijk rug.nl
Function
Full Professor
Field / Discipline
Research support and strategy, grant writing support, liaison officer, ISO certification
dr. ing. M.H.W. (Michiel) Hooiveld
Contact
m.h.w.hooiveld umcg.nl
+31 50 361 6767
Function
Staff advisor/Research coordinator, CRCG/KOLFF - Research Office / Liaison officer/Policy officer - DASH, UMC Groningen
Field / Discipline
prof. dr. G.J. (Gert) ter Horst
Contact
g.j.ter.horst umcg.nl
Function
Former director Neuroimaging Centrum (NIC) and program leader medicine bachelor UMCG
Field / Discipline
RNA structure determination in living cells
D. (Danny) Incarnato, PhD
Contact
d.incarnato rug.nl
Function
Tenure-track Assistant Professor
Field / Discipline
Membrane Biophysics, Fluorescence Spectroscopy, Lipid-protein interactions, Super-resolution microscopy
A.S. (Aditya) Iyer, PhD
Contact
a.s.iyer rug.nl
+31 50 36 37957
Function
dr. L.P.W.G.M. (Louis) Jacobus Mgn Van De Zande
Contact
louis.van.de.zande rug.nl
Function
Emeritus Associate professor
Theoretical Biology, Modeling
dr. T. (Thijs) Janzen
Contact
t.janzen rug.nl
Function
Scientific Programmer
Inborn errors of metabolism, GSD-I, Cell signalling, metabolism, autophagy and cell biology
A.K. Kishore
Contact
a.k.kishore umcg.nl
Function
Non-coding RNAs, microRNAs, long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs), B-cell lymphoma
dr. J.L. (Joost) Kluiver
Contact
j.l.kluiver umcg.nl
+31 50 361 5788
Function
Postdoc
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Contact
m.l.koloko.ngassie umcg.nl
Function
PhD Student
Field / Discipline
Dynamics of parental behaviour
Early-life environment, social stress and individual behaviour
Physiology of life histories and senescence
Fitness consequences and heritability of life-history decisions
Conserving threatened species
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Contact
j.komdeur rug.nl
Function
Prof. dr. ir.
Endosomal transport, autophagy, behavioural neurogenetics, genetics, mitochondria, neurodegeneration
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Contact
m.koopman umcg.nl
Function
Endothelial cells, endothelial dysfunction, endothelial-mesenchymal transition, mitochondrial dysfunction, mitochondrial medicines, microRNA, epigenetics,  inflammation, heart failure, cardiac fibrosis, atherosclerosis, vascular calcification, (diabetic) retinopathy, kidney disease.
dr. G. (Guido) Krenning
Contact
g.krenning umcg.nl
+31 50 361 5181
Function
Assistant Professor
Microscopy, Cell Biology, Yeast, Research, Education, Peroxisomes
ing. A.M. (Arjen) Krikken
Contact
a.m.krikken rug.nl
+31 50 36 32177
Function
Staff Research Technician
Field / Discipline
Islet biology
dr. J.K. (Janine) Kruit
Contact
j.k.kruit umcg.nl
+31 50 361 2326
Function
Assistant professor
Evolutionary Biology; Theoretical Biology; Sex roles
X. (Xiaoyan) Long, B
Contact
x.long rug.nl
Function
PhD student
biology, polar regions, arctic, ecology, geese, migration, grazing
dr. M.J.J.E. (Maarten J J E) Loonen
Contact
m.j.j.e.loonen rug.nl
+31 50 36 36056
Function
Associate Professor Arctic Ecology
Field / Discipline
animal behaviour, evolution of animal signals, sexual selection and mate choice, sensory ecology, phenotypic plasticity, speciation, biodiversity
prof. dr. M.E. (Martine) Maan
Contact
m.e.maan rug.nl
+31 50 36 32196
Function
Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Field / Discipline
B. (Beatriz) Marin Diaz
Contact
b.marin.diaz rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
Sleep, Circadian Rhythms, Stress, Brain Function
dr. P. (Peter) Meerlo
Contact
p.meerlo rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor Neurobiology
Field / Discipline
Background

- Microbiology & Biotechnology

- Analytical chemistry (LC/MS based approaches, metabolomics)

Current work within Center for Development and Innovation, UMCG:  

- Project Management Public-Private Partnerships 

- Coordination Public-Private Partnerships Allowance scheme UMCG 

- Project management & Communication BiomarkerBay (www.biomarkerbay.com)

-  Outreach and Societal Impact Support (Team Leader UMCG OASIS project with Anja Smykowski)
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Contact
m.e.merlo umcg.nl
Function
Project manager Center for Development and Innovation UMCG
Ageing biology
Invertebrate biology
Stem cell biology
dr. S.M. (Stijn) Mouton
Contact
s.m.mouton umcg.nl
Function
Research Associate
Field / Discipline
Hematopoietic stem cells
dr. R.P. (Ronald) van Os
Contact
r.p.van.os umcg.nl
Function
Research Officer
Field / Discipline
P. Panizzon
Contact
p.panizzon rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
e.r.popa umcg.nl
Function
Assistant professor
G. (Gerrit) Potkamp, MSc
Contact
g.potkamp rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
p.roemers rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
b.d.roorda umcg.nl
Function
Antibiotica
Lanthipeptides
Posstranslationele Modification Enzymes
Peptide Design
No picture available
Contact
f.ruijne rug.nl
Function
PhD-student
E.J. (Emily Johana) Ruiz Puerta, MSc
Contact
e.j.ruiz.puerta rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
dr. H.H.W. (Herman) Sillje
Contact
h.h.w.sillje umcg.nl
Function
Head Experimental Cardiology Laboratory
Inflammation, vesicular transport, lipid metabolism, cholesterol transport, mouse transgenesis, liver disease
prof. dr. A.J.A. (Bart) van de Sluis
Contact
a.j.a.van.de.sluis umcg.nl
Function
Professor of Molecular Genetics and Translational Biology
community ecology, plant communities, plant-plant interactions, facilitation, grazing, vertebrate herbivory, rewilding, seed predation, tree recruitment, exclosure studies, ecology of fear, return of the wolf, trophic cascades, predation, feral cats, half-open woodlands, salt marshes, semi-arid steppes, temperate forests, Juniperus communis
prof. dr. ir. C. (Chris) Smit
Contact
c.smit rug.nl
+31 50 36 38833
Function
Associate Professor in Experimental Conservation Ecology
Field / Discipline
EU funding, national funding, outreach, societal impact, science communication, publishing
dr. A.B. (Anja) Smykowski
Contact
a.b.smykowski umcg.nl
Function
Manager UMCG Grant Support Hub and project coordinator outreach and societal impact (OASIS)
Field / Discipline
No picture available
Contact
j.spoelder rug.nl
Function
PhD student
Medical biology
dr. D. (Dicky) Struik
Contact
d.struik umcg.nl
Function
Postdoc
Ethical and social aspects at the interface of natural sciences (especially the life and environmental sciences) and society.
dr. J.A.A. (Sjaak) Swart
Contact
j.a.a.swart rug.nl
Function
Associate professor Science & Society Studies
Animal Ecology, Physiological Ecology, Wild Immunology
prof. dr. B.I. (Irene) Tieleman
Contact
b.i.tieleman rug.nl
Function
Professor and Rosalind Franklin fellow
Immunology, Inflammation, Autoimmune Diseases, ANCA-associated Vasculitis
dr. M.M. (Mirjan) van Timmeren
Contact
m.m.van.timmeren rug.nl
+31 50 36 38547
Function
Academic advisor Pharmacy
Physiology and ecology of seaweeds
prof. dr. K.R. (klaas) Timmermans
Contact
k.r.timmermans rug.nl
Function
honorary professor Marine Plant Biomass
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Contact
m.e.visser rug.nl
Function
Professor
Field / Discipline
A.M. (Ana) Vizcaino Castro
Contact
a.m.vizcaino.castro umcg.nl
Function
Artistic Cognition
Human Cognition
Reflective Imagination
Behavioral Adaptation
Ecological Humanities

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dr. A. (Alejandra) Wah
Contact
a.wah.laborde rug.nl
Function
Assistant Professor of Arts and Cognition
L. (Liping) Wang
Contact
liping.wang rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
Theoretical Biology; Behaviour, Ecology, Evolution; Evolutionary Game Theory; Dynamical Systems; Cultural Evolution; Evolutionary Systems Biology.
No picture available
Contact
h.j.westra umcg.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
E. (Elodie) Wilwert, MSc
Contact
e.wilwert rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
drs. D.E. (Dennis) Worst
Contact
d.e.worst rug.nl
Function
Technician/ analist/ fish-caretaker/ marine biologist
Regenerative Pharmacology
dr. X. (Xinhui) Wu
Contact
x.wu rug.nl
Function
Postdoctoral researcher
prof. dr. E.A. (Eddy) van der Zee
Contact
e.a.van.der.zee rug.nl
+31 50 36 32062
Function
Full Professor
No picture available
Contact
zhenhua.zhang rug.nl
Function
No picture available
Contact
a.u.zielinska rug.nl
Function
Field / Discipline
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