prof. dr. R.J. (Jeroen) Pasterkamp Full Professor
- Translational Neuroscience
Jeroen Pasterkamp obtained his PhD degree at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam with Joost Verhaagen and Dick Swaab. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Department of Neuroscience of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. In 2005, he joined the Department of Translational Neuroscience of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, where he is currently appointed as a professor of translational neuroscience.
His research focuses on understanding 1) the signaling events and molecular mechanisms involved in the formation of neuronal connections during development, and 2) the molecular mechanisms underlying changes in or loss of neuronal connectivity during neurological disease (in particular amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and epilepsy). This research concentrates on mouse models and humanized cell models (iPSC) using an integrated approach involving molecular biology, cell biology, neuroanatomy, (in vivo) functional proteomics, imaging, HC screening, and mouse genetics.
His work was published in leading journals such as Cell, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature, Nature Genetics, PNAS and he regularly contributes reviews to Current Opinion, Trends and Nature Reviews journals.
Jeroen Pasterkamp is a recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator, and a Dan Nathans Young Investigator Award. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory board of the Dutch National Epilepsy Fund (NEF) and the Dutch Society for Developmental Biology. He organizes scientific meetings under the framework of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), EMBO, and Utrecht Summerschool series.
Neural circuit development and Translational neuroscience
Most recent key publications
1. Vangoor VR, Reschke CR, Senthilkumar K, van de Haar LL, de Wit M, Giuliani G, Broekhoven MH, Morris G, Engel T, Brennan GP, Conroy RM, van Rijen PC, Gosselaar PH, Schorge S, Schaapveld RQJ, Henshall DC, De Graan PNE, Pasterkamp RJ (2019) Antagonizing increased miR-135a levels at the chronic stage of experimental TLE reduces spontaneous recurrent seizures. J Neurosci 39, 5064-5079.
2. Ormel PR, Vieira de Sá R, van Bodegraven EJ, Karst H, Harschnitz O, Sneeboer MAM, Johansen LE, van Dijk RE, Scheefhals N, Berdenis van Berlekom A, Ribes Martínez E, Kling S, MacGillavry HD, van den Berg LH, Kahn RS, Hol EM, de Witte LD, Pasterkamp RJ (2018) Microglia innately develop within cerebral organoids. Nat Commun 9, 4167.
3. Jongbloets BC, Lemstra S, Schellino R, Broekhoven MH, Parkash J, Hellemons AJ, Mao T, Giacobini P, van Praag H, De Marchis S, Ramakers GM, Pasterkamp RJ (2017) Stage-specific functions of Semaphorin7A during adult hippocampal neurogenesis rely on distinct receptors. Nat Commun 8:14666.
4. Kong Y, Janssen BJ, Malinauskas T, Vangoor VR, Coles CH, Kaufmann R, Ni T, Gilbert RJ, Padilla-Parra S, Pasterkamp RJ*, Jones EY* (2016). Structural Basis for Plexin Activation and Regulation. Neuron 91, 548-60. *Shared senior authors.
5. Harschnitz O, van den Berg LH, Johansen LE, Jansen MD, Kling S, Vieira de Sá R, Vlam L, van Rheenen W, Karst H, Wierenga CJ, Pasterkamp RJ*, van der Pol WL* (2016). Autoantibody pathogenicity in a multifocal motor neuropathy induced pluripotent stem cell-derived model. Ann Neurol 80, 71-88. *Shared senior authors.
6. Van Erp S, van den Heuvel DMA, Fujita Y, Robinson R, Hellemons AJCGM, Adolfs Y, Van Battum EY, Blokhuis AM, Kuijpers M, Demmers J, Hedman H, Hoogenraad CC, Siebold C, Yamashita T, Pasterkamp RJ (2015) Lrig2 negatively regulates ectodomain shedding of axon guidance receptors by ADAM proteases. Dev Cell 35, 537-552.
Fellowship and Awards
ZonMW TOP, 2008
HFSP career development award, 2005
NWO Talent, 2000