dr. J.A.M. (Jose) Borghans Associate Professor
- Laboratory for Translational Immunology (LTI)
José Borghans runs an interdisciplinary research group, with a main focus on the quantification of leukocyte dynamics. She was originally trained as a theoretical immunologist at Utrecht University, and obtained her PhD in 2000 on studies of lymphocyte and MHC diversity. After her PhD, she started to work in experimental immunology laboratories, aiming to bridge the gap between wet lab experiments and mathematical modelling. Funded by a Marie-Curie Fellowship, she worked as a post-doctoral fellow at the Institut Pasteur in Paris studying lymphocyte homeostasis. During another postdoctoral period, funded by an NWO Veni grant, she worked at Sanquin Research in Amsterdam to study lymphocyte dynamics in HIV infection. She has been working at UMCU since 2004, funded by several NWO grants, and was appointed Associate Professor in 2009. She has formed an interdisciplinary research group with Kiki Tesselaar, which facilitates the close integration of experimental and mathematical immunology. Using state of the art immunological techniques, including in vivo stable isotope labeling in mice and men, the group studies the dynamics of different types of leukocytes in homeostasis, during healthy aging and in different diseases, including leukemia, HIV infection, and post-stem cell transplantation.
Member of the scientific advisory board of Aids Fonds Netherlands
Member of the review panel of the NWO/ALW Open Program Associate Editor of Frontiers Immunology
Member of International Network QuanTI Together with 11 other international institutes, she is part of the International Network QuanTI (Quantitative T-cell immunology) that was awarded a EU-7th Framework Initial Training Grant, which primary objective is to train a new generation of European quantitative immunologists. All partners of the network get together during annual network meetings and international summer schools.
Fellowship and Awards
NWO Aspasia 2009
NWO Vidi 2008
NWO Meervoud 2007
NWO Veni 2002
Marie-Curie Fellowship, EU, 2000
NVVI Thesis Award 2014 for the thesis of Liset Westera, under her supervision
Young Researcher's Award, Unilever, 1996