prof. dr. W.L. (Wouter) de Laat

prof. dr. W.L. (Wouter) de Laat

Full Professor
prof. dr. W.L. (Wouter) de Laat
  • Group Burgering, section Molecular Cancer Research
  • Department of Genetics
  • Hubrecht Institute

Research Programs

Strategic Program Cancer



Wouter de Laat studied biology at the Utrecht University. During his PhD (1998) at the Erasmus University Rotterdam (Prof. Jan Hoeijmakers) he investigated the molecular mechanism of nucleotide excision repair. He identified one of the nucleases and characterized the interplay between repair factors at the site of the lesion. As a postdoc, he joined the group of Prof. Frank Grosveld to work on beta-globin gene activation. In 2000 he received a career grant (VIDI) to work on long-range gene activation. His group used 3C technology, and later developed 4C technology, to demonstrate chromatin loops between genes and enhancers and to uncover long-range DNA contacts within and between chromosomes.
In 2008 he received an ERC Young Investigator Grant. In September 2008 de Laat moved his group to the Hubrecht Institute, where he continued his work on genome structure and function. In January 2009 he was appointed professor in Biomedical Genomics at the University Medical Center Utrecht. He received a prestigious VICI career grant in 2012.

Side Activities

Scientific board member KWF (Dutch Cancer Society)

Supervisory board member HUB (Hubrecht Organoid Technology)

Scientific editor Chromatin and Epigenetics

Wouter de Laat is founder of and works one day per week as principal scientist for Cergentis ( Cergentis is a biotech company that provides services and kits for complete gene sequencing based on its proprietary Targeted Locus Amplification (TLA) Technology.

Fellowship and Awards

VIDI (2000)

VICI (2012)

ERC Starting Grant (2008)

EMBO Member

Research Output (84)

Robust detection of translocations in lymphoma FFPE samples using targeted locus capture-based sequencing

Allahyar Amin, Pieterse Mark, Swennenhuis Joost, Los-de Vries G. Tjitske, Yilmaz Mehmet, Leguit Roos, Meijers Ruud W.J., van der Geize Robert, Vermaat Joost, Cleven Arjen, van Wezel Tom, Diepstra Arjan, van Kempen Léon C., Hijmering Nathalie J., Stathi Phylicia, Sharma Milan, Melquiond Adrien S.J., de Vree Paula J.P., Verstegen Marjon J.A.M., Krijger Peter H.L., Hajo Karima, Simonis Marieke, Rakszewska Agata, van Min Max, de Jong Daphne, Ylstra Bauke, Feitsma Harma, Splinter Erik, de Laat Wouter dec 2021, In: Nature Communications. 12 , p. 1-15

Novel orthogonal methods to uncover the complexity and diversity of nuclear architecture

Tjalsma Sjoerd Jd, de Laat Wouter apr 2021, In: Current Opinion in Genetics & Development. 67 , p. 10-17 8 p.

How chromosome topologies get their shape:views from proximity ligation and microscopy methods

Huang Yike, Neijts Roel, de Laat Wouter nov 2020, In: FEBS letters. 594 , p. 3439-3449 11 p.

Genetic Dissection of a Super Enhancer Controlling the Nppa-Nppb Cluster in the Heart

Man Joyce Ck, van Duijvenboden Karel, Krijger Peter Hl, Hooijkaas Ingeborg B, van der Made Ingeborg, de Gier-de Vries Corrie, Wakker Vincent, Creemers Esther E, de Laat Wouter, Boukens Bastiaan J, Christoffels Vincent M 27 okt 2020, In: Circulation research. 128 , p. 115-129 15 p.

Recently Evolved Enhancers Emerge with High Interindividual Variability and Less Frequently Associate with Disease

Castelijns Bas, Baak Mirna L, Geeven Geert, Vermunt Marit W, Wiggers Caroline R M, Timpanaro Ilia S, Kondova Ivanela, de Laat Wouter, Creyghton Menno P 23 jun 2020, In: Cell Reports. 31 , p. 1-18

Epigenetic and Transcriptional Networks Underlying Atrial Fibrillation

van Ouwerkerk Antoinette F, Hall Amelia W, Kadow Zachary A, Lazarevic Sonja, Reyat Jasmeet S, Tucker Nathan R, Nadadur Rangarajan D, Bosada Fernanda M, Bianchi Valerio, Ellinor Patrick T, Fabritz Larissa, Martin James F, de Laat Wouter, Kirchhof Paulus, Moskowitz Ivan P, Christoffels Vincent M 19 jun 2020, In: Circulation research. 127 , p. 34-50 17 p.

Multi-contact 4C:long-molecule sequencing of complex proximity ligation products to uncover local cooperative and competitive chromatin topologies

Vermeulen Carlo, Allahyar Amin, Bouwman Britta A.M., Krijger Peter H.L., Verstegen Marjon J.A.M., Geeven Geert, Valdes-Quezada Christian, Renkens Ivo, Straver Roy, Kloosterman Wigard P., de Ridder Jeroen, de Laat Wouter 1 feb 2020, In: Nature Protocols. 15 , p. 364-397 34 p.

Hominin-specific regulatory elements selectively emerged in oligodendrocytes and are disrupted in autism patients

Castelijns Bas, Baak Mirna L., Timpanaro Ilia S., Wiggers Caroline R.M., Vermunt Marit W., Shang Peng, Kondova Ivanela, Geeven Geert, Bianchi Valerio, de Laat Wouter, Geijsen Niels, Creyghton Menno P. 16 jan 2020, In: Nature Communications. 11 12 p.

Epigenetic Analyses of Human Left Atrial Tissue Identifies Gene Networks Underlying Atrial Fibrillation

Hall Amelia Weber, Chaffin Mark, Roselli Carolina, Lin Honghuang, Lubitz Steven A, Bianchi Valerio, Geeven Geert, Bedi Kenneth, Margulies Kenneth B, de Laat Wouter, Tucker Nathan R, Ellinor Patrick T 2020, In: Circulation. Genomic and precision medicine. 13 , p. 588-598 11 p.

An enhancer cluster controls gene activity and topology of the SCN5A-SCN10A locus in vivo

Man Joyce C.K., Mohan Rajiv A., Boogaard Malou van den, Hilvering Catharina R.E., Jenkins Catherine, Wakker Vincent, Bianchi Valerio, Laat Wouter de, Barnett Phil, Boukens Bastiaan J., Christoffels Vincent M. 1 dec 2019, In: Nature Communications. 10 15 p.

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