Lonneke Gaykema

Lonneke Gaykema is a PhD student in the Einthoven laboratory since April 2018. She has studied Biomedical Sciences at Utrecht University (2012-2017) and obtained her masters degree with a research specialization on Regenerative Medicine and Technology. Her interest in regenerative medicine led her to pursue a PhD at the LUMC working both in the Nephrology and the Cell and Chemical Biology department. In the lab kidney organoids are grown from pluripotent stem cells. Transplantation of these organoids is evaluated as a possible solution to the shortage of donor organs. Lonnekes PhD project focusses on the interaction of the host immune system and transplanted tissue. She is using genetic modification strategies on the stem cells to prevent immune rejection after transplantation of stem cell derived tissues.

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