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The team


Meet our group leader: Jarno Drost

Jarno Drost received his PhD in the group of Reuven Agami (Netherlands Cancer Institute) studying malignant transformation using RNA interference screens. He subsequently joined the lab of Hans Clevers (Hubrecht Institute) where he used organoid technology in combination with CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing to study multistep tumorigenesis. Since 2016, he is group leader at the Princess Máxima Center for Pediatric Oncology. In 2019, he became an Oncode Investigator. He received several awards, including the Bas Mulder Young Investigator Award from the Dutch Cancer Society, the ERC Starting and NWO-Vidi grants, and the AACR St. Baldrick’s career development award for emerging leaders in the field of pediatric oncology.

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Mariël Brok

Research technician

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Marian Groot Koerkamp

Research technician


Sofia Doulkeridou

Research technician/Lab manager

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Yvonne Tiersma

Research technician


Rugile Januškevičiūtė

PhD student


Helena Viñas Gaza

Project manager - Oncode accelerator

Terezinha Souza - Post Doc (bioinformatician)
Daniel Zhang -
Fulbright Scholar guest researcher

Jolanda Kooiman - Research technician
Dilara Ayyildiz - Post Doc (bioinformatician)
Arianna Fumagalli - Post Doc
Ewa Frazer-Mendelewska
- Research technician
Camilla Calandrini - PhD student
Francisco Morales-Rodriguez - Post Doc

Lars Custers - PhD student
Sanne de Haan - Research technician/Organoid facility manager
Sepideh Derakhshan - Research technician

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