Area(s) of interest
- Transcription and DNA repair
Martijn Luijsterburg received his M.Sc. in Medical Biology in 2004 from the Free University in Amsterdam. He received his Ph.D. in Cell Biology in 2008 from the University of Amsterdam during which he studied how DNA repair complexes involved in nucleotide excision repair assemble and function at sites of DNA damage in living cells (group of Prof. Roel van Driel).
He became a postdoctoral fellow in the group of Prof. Nico Dantuma in 2008 at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm for which he received long-term fellowships from the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO-Rubicon) and the European Molecular Biology Organization (EMBO). His research at the Karolinska Institute focused on elucidating the role of ubiquitin ligases during DNA double-strand break repair and nucleotide excision repair.
In 2011, he joined the group of Prof. Haico van Attikum at the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC) for which he received long-term fellowships from the Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS) and the Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research (NWO-VENI). His research in the Van Attikum group focused on elucidating the role of chromatin remodeling enzymes in the repair of DNA double-strand breaks.
In 2015, Martijn was appointed as group leader at the Department of Human Genetics of the Leiden University Medical Center for which he received an LUMC Research Fellowship and an NWO-VIDI grant. In 2017, Martijn was appointed as tenured assistant professor. In 2020, Martijn was elected as EMBO young investigator. In 2021, he was promoted to associate professor.
His group investigates mechanisms in transcription-coupled DNA repair using genome-wide genetics, genomics and proteomic approaches. The goal of the lab is to increase our fundamental knowledge about how cells deal with obstacles caused by DNA damage during transcription, and to understand how – if this process fails – this can cause human diseases. Martijn is advisor for the Cockayne syndrome support group Amy and Friends.
Leiden University Medical Center
2333 ZC Leiden
Tel: +31 715269612
P.O. Box 9600
2300 RC Leiden