I joined the Princess Máxima Center as a basic researcher and pediatrician in training in June 2018. My primary research interest lies in understanding the molecular biology of pediatric soft tissue sarcomas (STS) and to use that knowledge to develop new treatment options for patients suffering from these tumors. To this end, I study establishment procedures for novel preclinical models of pediatrist STS (i.e., tumor organoid models) as well as bulk and single-cell genomics of these tumors. I am furthermore member of the molecular tumor board of the Dutch iTHER as well as the German INFORM pediatric precision medicine trial.
My hobbies include sports (running, bootcamp) and gaming (board games, tabletop role-playing games, video games). I am the proud father of a boy and a girl.
Hi all! My name is Marjolein and I am currently a shared PhD student in the research groups of Jarno Drost (Princess Máxima Center) and Celia Berkers (Utrecht University). For my project, I will try to unravel metabolic vulnerabilities in pediatric rhabdoid and kidney tumors by making use of mass spectrometry, organoids, and other tumor modeling systems.
In my spare time I enjoy meeting friends, cooking and singing. In addition, I spend quite some time in the gym and swimming pool to exercise.