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.
News & Updates
New publication by our PhD candidate Irene Paassen
Irene's work on establishing and thoroughly characterizing tumoroid models of atypical teratoid/rhabdoid tumors (ATRTs) has been published! These tumoroids are the first pediatric brain tumor organoid model and the differential drug sensitivity that the ATRT subgroups were found to display will hopefully contribute to the development of subgroup-specific treatment regimens. You can read the paper here.
Our latest manuscript is on BioRxiv
Have a look here for our new manuscript describing a role for long-range promoter-enhancer looping of the MYC oncogene in malignant rhabdoid tumors, very aggressive childhood cancers. A great collaboration with the De Wit group from the Netherlands Cancer Institute! This study helps us understand how these tumors arise, which is critical for therapy development in the future.
PhD candidate Camilla Calandrini has successfully defended her thesis
On 24 November Camilla successfully defended her PhD thesis, titled “Applying organoid technology to pediatric cancer research”. Congratulations Dr. Calandrini!
PhD candidate Maroussia Ganpat wins presenter award
Maroussia participated in the “11th International Pediatric Renal Tumour Biology Conference”, where she presented her work on the establishment of a pediatric kidney tumor progression model to study SFPQ-TFE3 translocated Renal Cell Carcinoma. She has received the award for best oral presentation.
New publication by Michael T. Meister of our sarcoma team
Michael's paper, featured on the cover of October's issue of EMBO Molecular Medicine, describes the first collection of comprehensively characterized tumor organoid (tumoroid) models of pediatric rhabdomyosarcomas (RMS) as novel preclinical models for this highly aggressive pediatric cancer entity. You can read the paper here.
PhD candidate Irene Paassen appointed a travel grant
Irene will participate in the conference "Organoids as tools for fundamental discovery and translation", where she will present her work on the establishment of an ATRT organoid model. She has received a Keystone Symposia Future of Science Fund scholarship to cover her travel expenses.
The Drost website has launched!
Our very own website is now online. Visit us for more details on our research, news and many more.
PhD candidate Lars Custers has successfully defended his thesis
Warm congratulations to Lars for defending his PhD thesis "From Derailed Development to Childhood Cancer: Using organoid models to study Malignant Rhabdoid Tumors".
NWO Vidi grant for Jarno Drost
Jarno has been awarded the prestigious Vidi grant from the Dutch Research Council (NWO). He will receive €800,000 in research funding, which will be used to investigate the epigenetic landscape of childhood tumors.
"This is not only a very welcome appreciation for the research that we have worked so hard on in the past few years, but it also enables us to further develop it and start new lines of research."