Institute of Biology


Department of Molecular Cell Biology, Institute of Biology, Leiden University, The Netherlands, represented by  Dr. Ewa Snaar-Jagalska

The research group of Ewa Snaar-Jagalska in the Molecular Cell Biology (MCB) Department, headed by Prof. Spaink, is embedded in the Institute of Biology (IBL), which forms a part of the Faculty of Sciences at Leiden University. The Institute of Biology is an international institute for research and education in biology and participates in the Centre for Medical Systems Biology (CMSB), which is one of the select groups of four Genomics Centres of Excellence recognised and financially supported by the Netherlands Genomics Initiative. MCB participates in the profile area Bioscience (the scientific basis of health and translational drug discovery and development).

Dr. Ewa Snaar-Jagalska is assistant professor in the Molecular Cell Biology section, headed by Prof. H.P. Spaink, at the Leiden Biology Institute. Following her master studies in Poland and The Netherlands, graduation in The Netherlands, and postdoctoral fellowship at Johns Hopkins Medical School in Baltimore, USA, she has more than 20 years of experience as an independent group leader and more than 70 publications in refereed journals. The group investigates the mechanisms of cancer biology using zebrafish embryonic xeno-transplantation and transgenic models. The main focus of the research is directional cell migration and chemotaxis in cancer, the role of innate immunity responses to cancer cells during angiogenesis and metastasis, and human cancer modelling in zebrafish with the ultimate goal of establishing zebrafish as a key model for the rapid discovery and assessment of cancer genetic targets (biomarkers) and drugs to develop strategies for cancer therapies. The laboratory closely collaborates with clinical research groups from Leiden University Hospital (LUMC) and ZF-screens Spin-off SME, headed by Prof. Spaink.

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