Erno Vreugdenhil studied biology at the Free University in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, where he received his Ph.D. degree in 1988. He worked as an EMBO Long-Term Fellow from 1988 to1990 in Cambridge, UK, at the MRC Molecular Neurobiology Unit, headed by Professor E. Barnard. In 1990, he returned to Amsterdam where he received a 5-year Fellowship from the Royal Academy of Science. Again at the Free University, he studied the structure and function of neurotransmitter receptors and neuropeptide receptors. In 1995, he was appointed as Assistant Professor with the Group of Professor E.R. de Kloet at the Department of Medical Pharmacology at Leiden Amsterdam Center for Drug Research (LACDR) and Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC). Presently, he serves as an Associate Professor and acting head of the department. He serves as an Board Member of the Cell Observatory of the Gorlaeus Laboratory of Leiden University and coordinates the PharmacoGenomics work of the LACDR. His present research focuses on how (aberrant forms of) stress affects differentiation of (patient-specific) neuronal stem cells, neurogenesis, and neonatal neuronal networks in the adult brain that underlie memory consolidation. His particular interests are the role of microRNAs in these neuronal differentiation programs and how such processes can be modified by steroid-based drugs.
Biography Updated on 2 April 2012