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University Medical Center Groningen

Monique van der Wijst, PhD

Postdoc in Functional Genomics research group
Dr. Monique van der Wijst
Dr. Monique van der Wijst

BSc in Biomedical Sciences from the Radboud University Nijmegen, 2010
MSc in Oncology from the VU University Amsterdam, 2012
PhD thesis: Reactive oxygen species in health and disease: Finding the right balance
University of Groningen, 2016 (cum laude)


See my publications in Google Scholar or at Pubmed

Keywords: Single cell omics, Genetics, Epigenetics, Mitochondria, Oxidative stress

Research interests

Monique van der Wijst is a postdoc in Lude Franke’s research group. She uses single-cell RNA-sequencing to study the interplay between genetic and environmental factors in immune-mediated diseases. This project is funded by an ERC Starting grant to Prof. Franke. In addition, she is interested in how genetic and epigenetic variation can impact gene regulatory networks in single cells.


* Equal contributions

Research grants/prizes

  • 2018: NWO Medium-size (Middelgroot) grant (€115,712)
  • 2015: Jan Kornelis de Cock Stichting research grant ( 4,500)
  • 2011: Dutch Cancer Society (KWF) internship grant ( 1,200)
  • 2011: Dutch Digestive Diseases Society (MLDS) internship grant ( 1,800)
  • 2011: Vrije Universiteit funding (Fondsendesk) grant ( 300)
  • 2011: VUMC Faculty grant (€ 380)

Oral presentations at conferences

  • 2018, 2019: Dutch bioinformatics & Systems biology (BioSB), Lunteren, the Netherlands
  • 2018: UMCG Sequencing Technology Symposium, Groningen, the Netherlands (invited speaker)
  • 2017: Mitochondrial Genomics and Evolution, SMBE satellite meeting, Ein Gedi, Israel (invited speaker)
  • 2016: Physiology and Metabolism Seminar at Mill Hill, The Francis Crick Institute, London, UK (invited speaker)
  • 2016: Lausanne Integrative Metabolism & Nutrition Alliance, Lausanne, Switzerland (invited speaker)
  • 2015: Academia, Honours College, University of Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands (invited speaker)
  • 2015: Lee Labs (Jae W. Lee, Soo-Kyung Lee), Oregon Health and Science University, Portland, USA (invited speaker)
  • 2015: ICS/UMCG Joint postdoc meeting, Glasgow, UK
  • 2014: Society for Free Radical Research International (SFRRI), Kyoto, Japan
  • 2012: 13th Annual Australia and New Zealand Zebrafish Meeting – 4t h Australia and New Zealand Zebrafish Husbandry Workshop, Melbourne, Australia

Poster presentations at conferences

  • 2019 : Cell symposia – Single cells: Technology to biology, Singapore
  • 2018: Human Cell Atlas, general meeting, Hinxton, UK
  • 2017: Keystone Symposia – Single cell omics, Stockholm, Sweden
  • 2015: Cell Symposia: Multifaceted mitochondria, Chicago, USA
  • 2014, 2015: Clinical Epigenetics International Meeting (CLEPSO) Düsseldorf, Germany
  • 2013, 2014, 2015: Annual PhD Student Meeting of the Cancer Research Center Groningen, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2013, 2015: Alliance for Healthy Aging, Groningen, the Netherlands
  • 2012, 2013 : Dutch Chromatin Meetings, Amsterdam (2012) and Rotterdam, the Netherlands (2013)
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