About us

Organization of the MCCA

The MCCA has four distinct facilities. The Transgenic facility, the Mouse Cancer Clinic and the Mouse Imaging unit are housed in the state-of-the-art animal facility at NKI that opened in its doors in mid 2015. The Phenotyping and Aging Facility is housed in a dedicated mouse facility on the campus of Groningen University.

Managing Directors

Prof. Jos Jonkers

Jos Jonkers performed his PhD and postdoctoral research in the group of Anton Berns at the Netherlands Cancer Institute (NKI). In 2002, he visited the lab of Allan Bradley at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute to develop platforms for mouse array-CGH. He became an assistant professor at the NKI in 2003 and a permanent staff member in 2008. In 2012 he was appointed as Head of the Division of Molecular Pathology at the NKI. His lab specializes in the genetic dissection of human breast cancer through the use of genetically engineered mouse models and patient-derived xenograft models, which are used for both basic and translational studies.

Prof. Gerald de Haan

Gerald de Haan received his MSc (1990) and PhD (1995) from the University of Groningen. As a graduate student he was employed by the University of Cologne, working on the regulation of blood cell production by growth factors. He became a postdoc at the University of Kentucky with Gary Van Zant where he worked on stem cell aging, and returned to the Netherlands as a fellow of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. He established his own lab at the Department of Cell Biology, where he was appointed full professor in 2005. He was awarded a VICI grant by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research in 2007. Since 2010 he acts as co-director of the European Research Institute for the Biology of Aging. The general scope of studies in his Laboratory is to further improve the understanding of mechanisms that specify normal stem cell functioning. Gerald’s group is interested in the unique genetic and epigenetic program that distinguishes stem cells from non-stem cells.