- Experienced Researcher, Erasmus Medical Centre, Netherlands
- WP4: Impact of ECM and oxygen tension on the interaction of osteogenesis and angiogenesis
- Secondment to Hong Kong University, November 2017-February 2018
Gerjo is a professor at Erasmus MC Rotterdam. She investigates connective tissue regeneration, mainly focussed on cartilage but with interest in tendon and bone as well. Her current expertise lies in tissue engineering and osteoarthritis.
Gerjo is visiting the laboratory of Danny Chan in Hong Kong from 20 November 2017 – 8 February 2018 to learn about ER stress.
Update December 2017
I am doing a secondment! In the framework and with support of the Rubicon project, a Marie Sklodowska Curie staff exchange network, I am working in Hong Kong in the laboratory of Professor Danny Chan, for 3 months. It is great that the EU allowed me, a (relatively) senior researcher, to do this. It is an incredible experience! Finding my way in the group, getting familiar with a new research topic and being exposed to another culture. I have made a plan for doing some experiments in the lab to investigate cell stress during tissue regeneration. A new model that I will use here is the planarian. Planarian are flat worms and they are wonderful creatures. They can regenerate large parts of their body within a few days.
With excellent support of Sophia Ma, one of the postdocs in the lab, I am slowly getting back in the lab and handling pipets again. Apart from the experience in the lab, experiencing Hong Kong, the enormous number of sky scrapers, the many markets, the serene temples, the beautiful nature and beaches and of course the Dim Sum is unforgettable. Furthermore, I believe this experience will also help me to better support the ESRs doing secondments in the EU projects I coordinate.