Niels Bovenschen A.n.
University Medical Center Utrecht
Niels Bovenschen studied Medical Biology at the Free University in Amsterdam. After obtaining his PhD degree in 2003 at Sanquin Research at CLB Amsterdam, he worked as a postdoc in Leiden (TNO, Gaubius Laboratory). In 2004, he moved to the department of Pathology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMCU). In 2006, he has received a prestigious personal VENI grant Netherlands from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO) for his work on the serine protease components (i.e. granzymes) in the cytolytic granules of cytotoxic lymphocytes. In 2009 he became an independent group leader (assistant professor) at the department of Pathology (UMCU). In 2012, he was appointed as Associate Professor at the same department. His research group now focuses on the role of granzymes in eliminating tumor cells and virus-infected cells, and the role of extracellular granzymes during inflammation. These aims fit within the UMCU focus area Immunity & Infection. He is in charge of Pathology Research Laboratory and the Laboratory of Translational Immunology core facility Proteins. He coordinates (bio)medical educational programs at the Utrecht University.