I trained in biochemistry and molecular biology. During my PhD in cell biology I studied the structure and function of centrosomes in mammalian cells. For my Postdoc, I shifted research fields to study how cell differentiation and proliferation are regulated in the developing mouse embryo. There I became excited by the role of signalling dynamics in controlling cellular behaviour in multicellular systems. To be able to analyze the function of such dynamics I have established a microfluidic system to dynamically modulate intercellular signalling within tissues.
Starting September 2018, I have been a group leader at the Hubrecht Institute, Utrecht, the Netherlands. My group studies how proper development and homeostasis of tissues and organisms are controlled. We focus in particular on the question of how biological information is robustly transmitted via signalling dynamics.
Yasmine el Azhar
I studied Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrecht University and Genes, Drugs and Stem Cells at Imperial College London. I am interested in many biological processes, but always had a fascination for embryo development and neurobiology. In 2018, I started my PhD project in the Sonnen lab. Here, I investigate signalling dynamics in the developing neural tube.
In my spare time, I like to practice yoga and run, but I always reserve time for family and friends.
I work as technician in the Sonnen lab.
I studied Molecular Biology at the University of Applied Science in Utrecht and obtained my Master degree of Biomedical Science at the University of Utrecht. I am interested in signaling pathways of diverse mechanisms like regeneration and homeostasis. I joined the lab in January 2020 as a PhD student. Here, I study the impact of signaling dynamics during homeostasis of adult tissues.
Besides science, I like to enjoy life with my Axolotls, friends and family.
Marek van Oostrom
I am Marek and I do science. After obtaining my Master degree in Cancer, Stem cells & Developmental Biology at Utrecht University, I joined the Sonnen group in January 2020 as a PhD student. With an interest in gene regulation during (evolutionary) development, microscopy and image analysis I aim to elucidate the fundamental principles underlying the coordination between growth and patterning in somite segmentation. Outside the lab I enjoy rowing and a variety of other sports.
I obtained my Bachelor degree in Life Sciences at the Utrecht University of Applied Sciences. Currently, I am doing a Master study in Biomedical Sciences (track: Molecular Neuroscience) at the University of Amsterdam. I am interested in the molecular mechanisms taking place in neurons, mainly at the protein level, in fields ranging from development to degeneration. I joined the lab in December 2019 as an intern. My project is focused on the spatiotemporal dynamics of components of the Notch and Wnt pathway that are active during mouse embryonic development. In my free time, I enjoy reading, playing the guitar and staying fit.
I completed my BSc in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. Currently, I am pursuing an MSc in Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University, for which I am doing an internship in the Sonnen lab. I started in February 2020 as a MSc student, and during my project I will investigate Wnt and Notch signalling during somitogenesis of the mouse embryo.
I finished the Bachelor in Biology at the Utrecht University, where I am currently enrolled in the Master “Neuroscience & Cognition”. I will start my internship at the Sonnen lab later this year whenever we are allowed to go back in the lab. There I will investigate oscillatory signalling in neuromesodermal progenitor cells.
If you are interested in joining the Sonnen lab, please contact Ina.
Tahmina Fariaby, Master student 2019, now PhD student at Leiden University
Tjerk Steenwijk, Bachelor student 2019, now still Bachelor student at University Utrecht