Renee Schreurs is a postdoctoral fellow in the Autophagy-directed Immunity (ADI) group headed by dr. Carla Ribeiro at the Department of Experimental Immunology, Amsterdam UMC (location AMC). She holds a MSc in Neuroscience and completed her PhD on the development of T cell immunity in the early-life intestine. Renee has expertise in high-parameter immune profiling, intestinal tissue homeostasis and mucosal immunology. The gut-immune organoid co-culture infection models that have been established over the past years by her and PhD student Anusca Rader will lay the foundation for this project. Renee’s current research focuses on the impact of genetic variation in the autophagy pathways on T-cell functionality and mucosal immune responses in the context of HIV-1 infection and intestinal inflammatory diseases. Within GUTVIBRATIONS, Renee will collaborate with postdoctoral researcher Athanasios Koulis on Work Package 3 (DEFEND) to create a physiologically relevant gut-immune cell co-culture system for modelling human viral diseases.
Amsterdam University Medical Centers (Amsterdam UMC) is one of the foremost research institutions in the Netherlands and one of its largest hospitals, with 1500 staff members employed in medical research. The Amsterdam UMC research is organized in 7 themes within the AMC Research Institute, where AMC Principal Investigators (PIs) are appointed to develop their own research lines. The AMC Graduate School organizes doctorate level academic training of AMC PhD students (209 PhD rewarded in 2016). This concentration of expertise makes the center a breeding ground for fruitful scientific collaborations.