Lance Mulder is a PhD-candidate at the OrganoVIR Labs at the Amsterdam UMC location AMC. Lance obtained his degree in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam, with the focus on Neurobiology. For his PhD project, Lance pursues to establish an human infection model to study the effects of congenital cytomegalovirus (Betaherpesvirinae) infection on human brain development, using stem cell-derived brain organoids; an in vitro organotypic model for the developing human brain. He utilises viruses derived from symptomatic congenital neonates. Previously, Lance obtained valuable hands-on experience in human stem cell and neuronal cell culture. In his PhD, Lance is thrilled to become an expert in both neurodevelopmental organoid models and virology.
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.