prof. dr. J. (Judith) Klumperman

prof. dr. J. (Judith) Klumperman

Full Professor
prof. dr. J. (Judith) Klumperman
  • Cell Biology



Since 2001 Judith Klumperman is professor of Cell Biology and since 2008 chair of the Department of Cell Biology at the UMC Utrecht. She is also head of the Cell Microscopy Core of the UMC Utrecht, which is widely recognized as one of the best expertise centers in the world for immuno-electron microscopy. On a yearly basis the UMC Utrechts trains and assist over 40 scientists from the Netherlands and 15-20 international guests.She is often asked for expert microscopy advise and participate(d) in a large number of international collaborations.

Her research focus on understanding the molecular basis of human diseases, with an emphasis on diseases of the endo-lysosomal system. Diseases specifically addressed in my work are: Lysosomal storage disorders (Pompe disease; Mucolipidosis II/I-Cell disease) – Alzheimer disease – Hermansky Pudlak Syndrome (pigmentation bleeding disorder) - Cancer – virus and bacterial infections – ARC syndrome –Microvillar inclusion Disease. In addition, her work has elucidated fundamental concepts of endosome and lysosome biogenesis, of which the most recent finding is a novel pathway for the delivery of lysosomal membrane proteins to the lysosomes.

Side Activities

Regular (>10) member or chair of Appointment Advisory Committee’s for new professors.

Regular (>20) member of chair of thesis assessment committee’s (Universities of Utrecht, Leiden, Rotterdam, Amsterdam, Nijmegen, Leuven (Belgium), Copenhagen (Denmark)).

ESFRI initiative EuroBioImaging. 2010-2014: Steering Committee (member). 2009-2014: WP4: Coordinator for Correlative Light Electron Microscopy.

Utrecht PhD program ‘Biomembranes’. 2004-2006: Board member. 2007-2010: Chair. 2010 – now: Board member

NL-BioImaging-AM. Dutch Roadmap initiative for Research Infrastructure for Advanced Microscopy. 2011-present: Vice-chair of the Project Management Team

Dutch Technology Centre (DTL).2011-present: Member of the Core group

Associate editor: Molecular Biology of the Cell. Editorial boards: Traffic, Histochemistry and Cell Biology, Biology of the Cell, PeerJ. Section editor: Current Opinion in Cell Biology. Member of FACULTY F1000

Fellowship and Awards

2007: 20th Foundation lecture, Center for Cell and Molecular Biology, Hyderabad, India.

2004: VICI Award (1.25M€) from the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research.

1998: UMC Utrecht award: Attraction and maintenance of female talent.

Research Output (152)

Neurodegenerative VPS41 variants inhibit HOPS function and mTORC1-dependent TFEB/TFE3 regulation

van der Welle Reini E N, Jobling Rebekah, Burns Christian, Sanza Paolo, van der Beek Jan A, Fasano Alfonso, Chen Lan, Zwartkruis Fried J, Zwakenberg Susan, Griffin Edward F, Ten Brink Corlinda, Veenendaal Tineke, Liv Nalan, van Ravenswaaij-Arts Conny M A, Lemmink Henny H, Pfundt Rolph, Blaser Susan, Sepulveda Carolina, Lozano Andres M, Yoon Grace, Santiago-Sim Teresa, Asensio Cedric S, Caldwell Guy A, Caldwell Kim A, Chitayat David, Klumperman Judith 14 apr 2021, In: Embo Molecular Medicine. 13 24 p.

Pancreatic beta-Cell-Specific Deletion of VPS41 Causes Diabetes Due to Defects in Insulin Secretion

Burns Christian H, Yau Belinda, Rodriguez Anjelica, Triplett Jenna, Maslar Drew, An You Sun, van der Welle Reini E N, Kossina Ross G, Fisher Max R, Strout Gregory W, Bayguinov Peter O, Veenendaal Tineke, Chitayat David, Fitzpatrick James A J, Klumperman Judith, Kebede Melkam A, Asensio Cedric S 1 feb 2021, In: Diabetes. 70 , p. 436-448 13 p.

Optimization of negative stage bias potential for faster imaging in large-scale electron microscopy

Lane Ryan, Vos Yoram, Wolters Anouk H G, Kessel Luc van, Chen S Elisa, Liv Nalan, Klumperman Judith, Giepmans Ben N G, Hoogenboom Jacob P jan 2021, In: Journal of structural biology: X. 5 11 p.

Aquaporin-3 regulates endosome-to-cytosol transfer via lipid peroxidation for cross presentation

Nalle Sam C, Barreira da Silva Rosa, Zhang Hua, Decker Markus, Chalouni Cecile, Xu Min, Posthuma George, de Mazière Ann, Klumperman Judith, Baz Morelli Adriana, Fleire Sebastian J, Verkman Alan S, Trombetta E Sergio, Albert Matthew L, Mellman Ira 24 nov 2020, In: PLoS ONE. 15 , p. 1-19

A paralog-specific role of COPI vesicles in the neuronal differentiation of mouse pluripotent cells

Jain Goyal Manu, Zhao Xiyan, Bozhinova Mariya, Andrade-López Karla, de Heus Cecilia, Schulze-Dramac Sandra, Müller-McNicoll Michaela, Klumperman Judith, Béthune Julien sep 2020, In: Life Science Alliance. 3 15 p.

Apolipoprotein L1-Specific Antibodies Detect Endogenous APOL1 inside the Endoplasmic Reticulum and on the Plasma Membrane of Podocytes

Scales Suzie J, Gupta Nidhi, De Mazière Ann M, Posthuma George, Chiu Cecilia P, Pierce Andrew A, Hötzel Kathy, Tao Jianhua, Foreman Oded, Koukos Georgios, Oltrabella Francesca, Klumperman Judith, Lin WeiYu, Peterson Andrew S 6 aug 2020, In: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology. 31 , p. 2044-2064 21 p.

Integrated super resolution fluorescence microscopy and transmission electron microscopy

Mohammadian Sajjad, Agronskaia Alexandra V, Blab Gerhard A, van Donselaar Elly G, de Heus Cecilia, Liv Nalan, Klumperman Judith, Gerritsen Hans C aug 2020, In: Ultramicroscopy. 215 11 p.

Wiskott-Aldrich syndrome protein restricts cGAS-STING activation by dsDNA immune complexes

Piperno Giulia Maria, Naseem Asma, Silvestrelli Giulia, Amadio Roberto, Caronni Nicoletta, Cervantes Luevano Karla Evelia, Liv Nalan, Klumperman Judith, Colliva Andrea, Ali Hashim, Graziano Francesca, Benaroch Philippe, Haecker Hans, Hanna Richard N, Benvenuti Federica 28 jul 2020, In: JCI Insight. 5 , p. 1-15

Combining Supervised and Unsupervised Machine Learning Methods for Phenotypic Functional Genomics Screening

Omta Wienand A, van Heesbeen Roy G, Shen Ian, de Nobel Jacob, Robers Desmond, van der Velden Lieke M, Medema René H, Siebes Arno P J M, Feelders Ad J, Brinkkemper Sjaak, Klumperman Judith S, Spruit Marco René, Brinkhuis Matthieu J S, Egan David A jul 2020, In: SLAS discovery : advancing life sciences R & D. 25 , p. 655-664 10 p.

Quantifying lymphocyte vacuolization serves as a measure of CLN3 disease severity

Kuper Willemijn F E, Oostendorp Marlies, van den Broek Brigitte T A, van Veghel Karin, Nonkes Lourens J P, Nieuwenhuis Edward E S, Fuchs Sabine A, Veenendaal Tineke, Klumperman Judith, Huisman Albert, Nierkens Stefan, van Hasselt Peter M jul 2020, In: JIMD Reports. 54 , p. 87-97 11 p.

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