Ikrame Aknouch

Ikrame Aknouch is PhD student at Viroclinics Xplore in Schaijk and OrganoVIR Labs at the Amsterdam UMC location AMC. She has a degree in Biopharmaceutical Sciences from Leiden University. During her PhD program, she has set up gut organoids models for studying EV-A71 and SARS-CoV-2. Ikrame is also a member of the Animal Welfare Body committee at Viroclinics Xplore, where she is focusing on the 3Rs principles by experimental animals. Therefore she is introducing these organoids model at Viroclinics Xplore as an alternative for using the experimental animals for testing antivirals against different viruses.


Amsterdam University Medical Center

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.