LUMC Association for PhD candidates (LAP)

LUMC Association for PhD candidates (LAP) is a non-profit organization that represents the interests of all PhD candidates of Leiden University Medical Center.

Membership & Contact

LAP membership is free and exclusively for LUMC PhD candidates and excellent/ honours students in the MD/PhD-MSc/PhD program. To sign up as LAP member and to receive our newsletter, contact us via e-mail:, LinkedIn or Facebook.


  • Represents LUMC PhD candidates
    • locally in the LUMC (e.g. Executive Board/Dean, Boerhaave committee, Graduate School committee)
    • regionally and nationally (e.g. LEO/ PhDoc/ University Council/ PNN)
  • Organizes a bi-annual PhD day
  • Organizes academic lectures and debates on current topics in research
  • Informs PhD candidates on relevant issues
  • Tackles specific PhD related problems
  • Creates networking possibilities for PhD candidates
  • Appoints a PhD counselor (vertrouwenspersoon) who may be contacted in case of complaints, conflicts with supervisors or issues concerning scientific integrity (Jamie Chua, LAP works closely together with the LUMC counselor Prof. Koning ( 

Current board members

  • Jamie Chua (Chair and Counselor)
  • Ramzi Khalil (Secretary)
  • Margien Boels (Treasurer)
  • Wendy Damman
  • Meta Diekstra
  • Marloes Derks