Prestigious ERC Grant for Scientific Director ERIBA
The European Research Council has awarded an Advanced Investigator Grant to Prof. Peter Lansdorp. This prestigious grant is intended for top researchers doing excellent and innovative research. Lansdorp is professor of the biology of ageing and Scientific Director of the new European Research Institute on the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) of the University Medical Center Groningen and the University of Groningen.
Lansdorp will receive the sum of EUR 2.5 million for his research project on the role of telomeres and stem cells in ageing processes.
Lansdorp hopes that his research will result in better insight into how the renewal and maturation of stem cells is regulated as well as the role of accelerated shortening of telomeres (chromosome extremities) and numerical chromosome deviations in ageing processes. To this end he is using new DNA sequencing technology. The research into the shortening of telomeres not only uses mouse models but also tissue samples from participants in LifeLines, a major population study of 165,000 inhabitants of the Northern Netherlands.
Lansdorp is Scientific Director of ERIBA, the new European Research Institute founded by the University of Groningen and the UMCG and previously worked at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver (Canada). He studied medicine at Erasmus University and gained his PhD in 1985 at the University of Amsterdam. His research focuses on the role of genetic instability in ageing and in the development of cancer. His main research interest is in telomeres – the structures that protect the ends of chromosomes.