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Madeleine Brouns (1970) obtained her PhD degree from Utrecht University (1999). She was a postdoctoral fellow and assistant professor at Maastricht University until 2008. She then joined the Vrije Universiteit and is currently lecturer and Program coordinator of the BSc Program Gezondheid en Leven.


Research interests: developmental biology, signal transduction, neurobiology.

In her research, Madeleine focused on the genetic causes of neural tube closure defects using both reverse and forward genetic approaches. During her PhD research at Massachusetts General Hospital / Harvard Medical School she developed a genetic mouse model displaying exencephaly. During her postdoctoral work, she identified causative genes for spina bifida. The latter research was performed on a VENI grant of NWO (2003-2007). At the Vrije Universiteit she participated in the EU DENAMIC project focusing on the effects of neurotoxic compounds on zebrafish development.


Humane levenscyclus 1, Humane ontwikkeling, thesis supervision

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