Cora Nijboer studied Medical Biology at Utrecht University and graduated with honors in 2003. She obtained her PhD degree in Utrecht in 2008 with Prof. Cobi Heijnen and Prof. Frank van Bel (thesis: “Protecting the newborn brain: molecular mechanisms & therapeutic targets”) on a collaborative project between the Laboratory of Neuroimmunology and Developmental Origins of Disease (NIDOD) and the Department of Neonatology.
She is currently appointed as Assistant Professor and group leader of the research line “Neuroprotection and Neuroregeneration” within the NIDOD Laboratory.
Her research focuses on developing novel neuroprotective and neuroregenerative treatment strategies to combat brain damage in neonates. A specific interest lies in studying apoptotic cell death in the hypoxic-ischemic newborn brain with a particular focus on mitochondrial integrity. Her areas of interest furthermore include regenerative treatment using mesenchymal stem cells in the damaged neonatal brain, and white matter injury in preterm neonates. Her research is conducted in close collaboration with the Department of Neonatology.
She was awarded a WKZ Research Fund (2013), a fellowship grant of ‘Hersenstichting Nederland’ (2014) and is project-leader on a ZonMw-TAS project.