Josse Depla is a PhD student at the OrganoVIR Labs at the Amsterdam UMC location AMC, as well as at the Research and Development Department at uniQure Biopharma. He has a master’s degree in Infectious Disease and Immunity from the University of Utrecht. His PhD project is a collaboration between the OrganoVIR Labs and uniQure Biopharma, to set up brain organoid models to study how enterovirus D68 infection causes neurological conditions, and to study adeno associated virus transduction of the CNS in order to improve the delivery of gene therapy for genetic brain disorders.
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.