Jeroen Pasterkamp obtained his PhD degree at the Netherlands Institute for Brain Research and the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam with Joost Verhaagen and Dick Swaab. He carried out postdoctoral research at the Department of Neuroscience of the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in Baltimore, USA. In 2005, he joined the Department of Translational Neuroscience of the Brain Center Rudolf Magnus, where he is currently appointed as a professor of translational neuroscience.
His research focuses on understanding 1) the signaling events and molecular mechanisms involved in the formation of neuronal connections during development, and 2) the molecular mechanisms underlying changes in or loss of neuronal connectivity during neurological disease (in particular amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) and epilepsy). This research concentrates on mouse models and humanized cell models (iPSC) using an integrated approach involving molecular biology, cell biology, neuroanatomy, (in vivo) functional proteomics, imaging, HC screening, and mouse genetics.
His work was published in leading journals such as Cell, Journal of Neuroscience, Nature, Nature Genetics, PNAS and he regularly contributes reviews to Current Opinion, Trends and Nature Reviews journals.
Jeroen Pasterkamp is a recipient of a NARSAD Young Investigator, and a Dan Nathans Young Investigator Award. He is a member of the Scientific Advisory board of the Dutch National Epilepsy Fund (NEF) and the Dutch Society for Developmental Biology. He organizes scientific meetings under the framework of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), EMBO, and Utrecht Summerschool series.