Dr. C.J. (Corette) Wierenga

Hugo R. Kruytgebouw
Padualaan 8
Kamer N.511
3584 CH Utrecht

Dr. C.J. (Corette) Wierenga

Universitair hoofddocent
Cell Biology
030 253 2659
c.j.wierenga@uu.nl

CURRENT POSITION

2015 - present Associate Professor of Neurophysiology, Division of Cell Biology, Biology Department, Faculty of Science, Utrecht Univerisity, the Netherlands

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE

2012-2015

Assistant Professor at Utrecht Univerisity, the Netherlands

2011 - 2012

Research associate in Prof. Casper Hoogenraad’s group at Utrecht University, the Netherlands

2008 - 2011

Group leader in Prof. Tobias Bonhoeffer’s lab at Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried-Munich, Germany

2005 - 2008

Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Tobias Bonhoeffer’s lab at Max Planck Institute of Neurobiology, Martinsried-Munich, Germany

2002 - 2005

Postdoctoral researcher in Prof. Gina Turrigiano’s lab at Brandeis University, Waltham MA, USA

 

EDUCATION

2002                   Ph.D. in neuroscience, University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands

                              Advisor: Prof. Dr. W.J. Wadman

1996                   M.Sc. in theoretical physics, Free University, Amsterdam, the Netherlands

                              Advisor: Prof. Dr. D. Lenstra

 

Prices and Awards

2008         UNESCO-L'Oréal award ‘For Women in Science’ Germany

                 National award (in Germany) for excellent and promising young female scientists in natural sciences

1999         Young Physiologist Price of the Dutch Physiology Society

                 Price for the best oral presentation at the Young Phsyiologists Day

1991         Bronze medal at the 2nd International Biology Olympiad in Machatskala (Russia)

                 The International Biology Olympiad is a competition for high school students. Each country sends four students, who won the national competitions.

 

Research grants

2019-2021  Alzheimer Nederland

               ‘Linking amyloid β-induced microglia activation and network hyperexcitability

2017-2022 NWO TOP grant (project leader)

               'Early developmental processes underlying sensory deficits in neurodevelopmental disorders'

2017-2022 FOM vrij programma (co-PI)

              'NeuroPhotonics: unraveling the physics of signaling in intact neuronal networks'

2017-2019 Alzheimer Nederland

                'Amyloid-β induced pathology of inhibitory synapses'

2016-2021 NWO ALW open competitie (co-PI)

                  'How early social experience shapes brain development'

2015-2016 UU Dynamics of Youth seeding grant

                  'How early social experience shapes brain development'

2015-2019 FOM grant

                 'Two-photon microcopy of nonlinearities in dendritic computation'

2012-2017 NWO VIDI grant

                   ‘Balancing the Brain: Local Interactions between Excitatory and Inhibitory Synapses’

2010-2013  Marie Curie European Reintegration Grant (PI)

                   ‘Local interactions between GABAergic and glutamatergic plasticity’

2008-2010 Christiane Nüsslein-Volhard Fellowship

2007-2009  Marie Curie Intra-European Fellowship

                   ‘The role of filopodia in synapse formation in absence of dendritic spines’

2006-2007  Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellowship

                   ‘The role of filopodia in synaptogenesis in the absence of dendritic spines’

2003-2004  Postdoctoral Fellowship of the Sloan-Swartz Center for Theoretical Neurobiology

2002-2003  NWO TALENT fellowship

                   ‘Short-term plasticity of excitatory synapses after homeostatic plasticity’