Sophia Bruggeman (The Netherlands, 1979) studied Biology at the University of Nijmegen. As PhD student, she worked at the Netherlands Cancer Institute on the role of Polycomb group genes in brain development and cancer (2008, cum laude). She next moved to King's College London to work on the development of the chick and zebrafish forebrain on a KWF postdoctoral fellowship. This fellowship was completed at the European Research Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA/University Medical Center Groningen).
After awardance of a Rosalind Franklin fellowship (tenure track position) and a KWF Cancer Research career award, Sophia started her own research group at the department of Pediatric Oncology and Hematology/Pediatrics, UMCG (2014). In 2019, Sophia's research group moved to ERIBA, UMCG. Her research aims at understaning how normal neurodevelopmental processes influence pediatric brain cancer initiation and progression.