Wiljan J. A. J. Hendriks
Wiljan J. A. J. Hendriks studied chemistry at Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands. He received the Ph.D. degree in 1989 for his work on molecular evolution of eye lens proteins (under the supervision of Professors W. W. de Jong and H. Bloemendal) from the Department of Biochemistry, Radboud University. He was awarded a two-year EMBO postdoctoral fellowship that allowed him to join the group of Professor M. Aguet (at that time at the Molecular Biology Department, headed by Professor Charles Weissmann, University of Zürich, Switzerland). There he was trained on generating mutant mice and studying cellular signaling events—both aspects with the IFN-gamma receptor as the key molecule. In 1991, he moved to the Cell Biology Department of Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, The Netherlands, to start his studies on mouse protein tyrosine phosphatase signaling exploiting molecular biological, cellular, and molecular genetic techniques. Work in vitro has concentrated on the protein interactions mediated by the PTPs to allow their positioning in cellular signaling pathways. Mutant mouse models have been generated and studied to unravel the role of these PTPs in development, health, and disease. In addition to his research activities, he is a Lecturer of cellular and molecular biology for students of medicine, biomedical sciences, and molecular life sciences.
Biography Updated on 26 June 2008