van Amerongen Lab - Developmental, Stem Cell & Cancer Biology

- Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences - University of Amsterdam -  

Information for students


On our links page you can find a collection of handouts with "How To" tips for writing and presenting.
We hope that these resources will help you to structure your thoughts and to convey information in such a way that it is both scientifically sound and appealing to read, watch and listen to.
Use them to your advantage, especially when you are doing an assignment under the supervision of Renée, because these are the things she will point out to you anyway!

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For a complete overview of our teaching, click here to jump to the list at the bottom of the page.
Note that for 2020-2021 this list has not been updated because we have been too busy prepping for teaching all of our courses online due to COVID-19.

To schedule an appointment during office hours, contact .

Current students: Always check Canvas first. Frequently, the answer to your questions can be found in the course manual and/or course syllabus.

Prospective students: Background information and recent announcements about Frontiers in Medical Biology can be found on this page. Background information and recent announcements about Current Issues in Developmental Biology can be found here. NOTE THAT THIS INFORMATION HAS NOT BEEN UPDATE FOR 2020-2021 BECAUSE RENEE HAS BEEN TO BUSY KEEPING THE SHOW ON THE ROAD DURING THE COVID-19 PANDEMIC

Research internships

Lab space permitting, we always have opportunities for motivated and ambitious students with an interest in the area of mammalian development, stem cell biology, (breast) cancer research or Wnt signaling.
You will work on a defined fundamental research question in close collaboration with PhD students, postdocs and technicians and will learn to use a variety of experimental techniques (ranging from DNA cloning to quantitative RT-PCR, cell culture, advanced microscopy and histological analyses). You will also join in our work and literature discussions, thereby actively contributing to ongoing research in the lab.
In short, you will learn how to plan, execute and interpret your own experiments, but also find out what it is like to work on exciting fundamental research questions as part of a team.

Please note that:
- Space is limited: we can host a maximum of 4-5 students at any one time. We always try to find the best match between students, projects and supervisors.
- Priority will be given to students from the UvA Biomedical Sciences program. We aim for a mix of BSc and MSc students. Space permitting, we also accept students from other universities (both within the Netherlands and abroad).
- Spots for BSc and 1st year MSc students tend to fill up rapidly. It is often easier to place a 2nd year MSc student with a bit more experience. So also consider us for your final internship!

In the past, we have hosted students from different tracks, including the "Cell Biology and Advanced Microscopy", "Oncology", "Developmental and Therapeutic Biology" and "Molecular Neurosciences" tracks. Check out our list of alumni to see what previous students have worked on.
Our research is dynamic: Unexpected results and new ideas pop up all the time and we always try to involve students in active, ongoing research. Additional information and project descriptions are therefore available upon request. Interested students should not hesitate to contact to discuss possibilities.

Below you can check out the posters we made for the MSc internship market in the past couple of years:

2014-2019 version

Literature theses

Because we want to make sure that students get proper supervision and feedback on their work, we can only supervise a limited number of literature theses at any one time. Contact us if you are interested in writing about topics related to our research.
Due to the number of requests we receive, we will only supervise students who write their thesis on a topic directly connected to our ongoing work. Fun fact: in the past, the literature thesis of some of our students have resulted in the publication of peer-reviewed review articles!

Teaching 2020 - 2021

September 2020: Molecular Biology of the Cell
(Renée, 1st year MSc Biomedical Sciences, supervising study groups - via Zoom due to COVID-19 pandemic)

September 2020: Highlight college
(Renée, 1st year BSc Biomedische wetenschappen)
Lecture: "De grenzen van het onbekende: van mens tot molecuul" - via Zoom due to COVID-19 pandemic)

September-October 2020: Frontiers in Medical Biology I
(Renée, Amber, Yorick, 3rd year BSc Biomedische Wetenschappen, lectures & tutorials (Renee), online wetlab practical (Renee, Tanne), course coordinator - mainly via Zoom due to COVID-19 pandemic)

November 2020: Frontiers in Medical Biology II
(Renée, 3rd year BSc Biomedische Wetenschappen, assessing/evaluating business proposal pitches)
Frontiers in Medical Biology II follows Frontiers in Medical Biology I.

October 2020: Biomedical Systems Biology
(Renée, 1st year MSc Biomedical Sciences)
Lecture: "the eternal life of stem cells: models for their role in health and disease", supervising grant writing proposals - mainly via Zoom due to COVID-19 pandemic)

November/December 2020: Advanced Genomics
(Renée, 3st year BSc Biomedische wetenschappen)
Journal club/Tutorials and wet lab practical on stem cells and regeneration in Planarians

February 2021: Molecular Systems Biology
(Renée, 2nd year BSc Biomedische Wetenschappen, honours program)
Lecture: "stem cells and cancer development"

February 2021: Highlight college
(Renée, 1st year BSc Biomedische wetenschappen)
Lecture: "muismodellen in stamcel- en kankeronderzoek")

February 2021: Genregulatie
(Renée, 3rd year BSc Biomedische wetenschappen)
Lecture: "Reprogramming")

February/March/April 2021: Current Issues in Developmental Biology
(Renée, 1st and 2nd year MSc Biomedical Sciences, course coordinator together with Frank Jacobs)

March 2021: Cellulaire Oncologie
(Renée, 2nd year BSc Biomedische wetenschappen, supervising study group)

In addition, Renée, teaches recurring guest lectures at the Vrije Universiteit (MSc course on signal transduction, coordinated by prof.dr. Martine Smit) and Erasmus Univerity in Rotterdam (BSc course on stem cells for medical students, coordinated by Dr. Derk ten Berge).

For an overview of our previous teaching, please visit our teaching archive.