BSI / NVVI Congress 2016 | 6 - 9 December, Liverpool UK

Femke van Wijk

Wilhelmina Children's Hospital

Femke van Wijk

Wilhelmina Children's Hospital

Biography

Femke van Wijk obtained her PhD on mechanisms of oral tolerance and allergic sensitization to peanut at the Utrecht University in 2006. After her first postdoctoral training in human immunology in the lab of Dr. Prakken she obtained a KNAW fellowship for a 2-year postdoc in the lab of Dr. Cheroutre in the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology in San Diego. In this basic immunology institute she worked on T cell plasticity and tissue-controlled T cell differentiation. After being awarded a VENI personal fellowship in 2010, she moved to the University Medical Centre (UMC) Utrecht to further develop her research program in translational immunology. For her research on how antigen presenting cells sabotage T cell regulation in inflammation van Wijk was awarded a VIDI career development grant (2014) and in 2015 she received a competitive Associate Professor chair at the UMC Utrecht. A second line of research focuses on T cell dynamics and development in 1) inflammatory and 2) lymphopenic conditions. In several patient settings such as autologous stem cell transplantation for autoimmune disease, neonatal thymectomy, juvenile idiopathic arthritis and IBD she aims to understand the development, differentiation and plasticity of the T(reg) cell compartments, especially in the tissues. Her research is embedded in the Laboratory of Translational Immunology and Pediatric Immunology group and addresses conceptual and mechanistic immunological questions with a strong link to the clinic. She is participating in several worldwide networks including Eureka Institute for Translational Medicine (www.eurekainstitute.org) and Understanding Childhood Arthritis Worldwide Network (www.ucan-u.org) that are aimed at (international) exchanges and training of people, knowledge sharing, and enhancing reproducibility of human data.

All session by Femke van Wijk