Hi everyone! My name is Jorine and I’m the PI of the biophysics of chromatin lab. I did my BSc and MSc at the Radboud University Nijmegen, where I was interested in the interface between chemistry and biology, and the molecular mechanisms driving biological processes. I enjoyed interdisciplinary research, so I decided to do my PhD at the lab of Cees Dekker at the Technical University of Delft, in the department of Bionanoscience . Here I studied the molecular mechanism of SMC proteins using single-molecule techniques. My work involved a visit to Columbia University, for which I received an EMBO short term fellowship. I graduated Cum Laude and won the DEWIS award for best female PhD graduate 2017-2018. Staying in the field of physics behind chromatin organisation, I moved to Princeton University for a postdoc in the lab of Clifford Brangwynne. Here I looked at the role of phase separation in heterochromatin formation. I received a NWO Rubicon fellowship for my work. In September 2021, I started my lab at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Combining my experiences from my PhD and postdoc, I will lead the efforts to examine the biophysical mechanisms that drive chromatin architecture, using an interdisciplinary approach. Outside the lab, I enjoy cooking, reading, leather working, and watching bad reality tv.
Hey everyone, I’m Letitia Fernandez. I am originally from India. I am here in The Netherlands to pursue my masters. I’ve completed my bachelors in life science and further completed a postgraduate diploma in bioinformatics. I’m currently in the first year of my master’s, studying medical epigenomics. With Jorine, I’m carrying out my internship where in I will be studying the impact of chromatin organisation on nuclear mechanics. Apart from academics, I enjoy dancing, cooking and reading. I’m grateful for this opportunity and excited to be working here!
Hi everyone! My name is Lieke and I am working as a research technician at the RIMLS-Science institute. As of August 2022, I will also be joining the Eeftens team. I have studied Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at the HAN University of Applied Sciences in Nijmegen, where I followed a major in Biomedical Research and a minor in Bio-Nanotechnology. I am looking forward to explore the field of chromatin and biophysics! Outside the lab, I enjoy reading, inline skating and horse riding.
Hi everyone! As of April 2022, I am a PhD candidate in the Eeftens team at the department of Cell Biology. I have obtained both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Molecular Life Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. I have always been intrigued by natural sciences as an overarching theme, but throughout my studies, I have mainly established interest at the interface of cell biology and biophysics. It fascinates me to learn how fundamental cellular processes are orchestrated via the properties of macromolecules. I really like interdisciplinary research, as scientists with various backgrounds can combine their efforts into solving questions that we are all interested in. During my PhD, I will be investigating fundamental aspects of genome architecture, aiming to better understand the biophysical mechanisms that drive chromatin organization. Together with my colleagues, I hope to provide novel insights into the interplay between histone modifications, chromatin folding and nuclear phase separation. Besides science, I enjoy the outdoors, drawing, and discovering music.
Tieke Kuijpers - Bachelor student