Jeroen Bakkers received his PhD in 2000 from Leiden University, The Netherlands. During this time he was introduced in the zebrafish system and used it to study the role of glycosyltransferases during early vertebrate development.
He continued his work on zebrafish development as a postdoc in the lab of Matthias Hammerschmidt at the Max-Planck Institute for Immunbiology in Freiburg, Germany. Here he started his work on Bmp and Wnt signaling during zebrafish gastrulation and isolated p63 (a member of the p53 tumor suppressor family) as a direct target of Bmp signaling.
In 2003 he was appointed at the Hubrecht Institute initially as a junior staff member and in 2008 as a senior staff member on cardiovascular development in zebrafish, a joined project of the Hubrecht Institute and the Interuniversity Cardiology Institute of the Netherlands (ICIN). In 2008 he was awarded a VIDI innovational research incentive grant from the Dutch science organization NWO. These grants aim to fund promising young scientists and to help them establish an independent position.
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