Molecular biology, molecular oncology, developmental biology, epigenetics, molecular genetics, gene therapy
J.W. Voncken, PhD
PO Box 616
6200 MD Maastricht
T: (+31) (0)43 3882919/3881998
Jan Willem Voncken studied a combined molecular biology and molecular sciences track at the Wageningen University and Research (WUR) centre. He obtained his PhD in 1995 in Molecular Virology/Oncology on animal models in leukemia research carried out at the department of Pathology Research; Childrens Hospital Los Angeles/University of Southern California (USC)/Medical School (Los Angeles, California, USA). He was post-doctoral fellow at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and pursued a number of international visiting fellowships at SCRIPPS Research Institute department of Immunology & Cell Biology (La Jolla, California, USA) and at the department of cytology and genetics at the University of Vienna (Vienna, Austria). In 1996 he became senior post-doctoral NWO-fellow at the department of department of molecular carcinogenesis at the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital - Netherlands Cancer Institute (AvL/NKI; Amsterdam). In 2001 he transferred to the department of Molecular Genetics, Maastricht University Medical Centre (MUMC+) where he is part of the GROW School for Oncology and Developmental Biology.
He currently is associate professor Molecular Genetics, project leader of the Epigenetics & Regenerative Medicine group and head of the Transgenesis and Targeting unit at MUMC+. His research focuses on gene-environment interactions and molecular epigenetics. Willem Voncken is initiator of a local multidisciplinary GEM (Genes & Environments Maastricht) workgroup the members of which collectively focus on the role of epigenetic deregulation in human conditions (pediatrics, psychiatry, cancer, development and metabolism). He also is a ZonMW/NWO VIDI laureate and has been supported by the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO), the Dutch Arthritis Foundation and additional funds He is co-organizer of several national and international meetings.
In the areas of molecular biology, molecular oncology, developmental biology, epigenetics, molecular genetics, gene therapy he is an international lecturer. He won the 2010 faculty of Health Medicine and Life sciences Education Innovation Award for his role in the development of a two year international research master Biomedical Sciences/Molecular Life Sciences program.