Prof. G.F.B.P. (Gerrit) Van Meer (chair)
Dean Faculty of Science Utrecht University
Professor in Utrecht since December 2001
3584 CD Utrecht
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"From my experience, an education in biochemistry is a wonderful basis for a research career in biomedical sciences, particularly in molecular cell biology."
I have always been fascinated by the question why eukaryotic cells synthesize such a variety of membrane lipids. How does a cell use these lipids for its physiological functions? As approaches to these questions we study (1) how and where the various lipids are synthesized and degraded, and how the respective enzymes are regulated, (2) by what proteins lipids are transported within and between cellular membranes, and (3) how lipids function in the sorting, transport and activity of membrane proteins. So far, our research has brought us to the discovery of lipid rafts as platforms of protein sorting and signaling, to a role of multidrug transporters in moving lipids across membrane bilayers, and to the crucial role of specific lipids in pigmentation.
Name: van Meer, Gerardus Franciscus Bernardus Petrus
Academic Degree: Ph.D., 1981 Utrecht University
Date of Birth: 1/8/1953
Place of Birth: Klundert, The Netherlands
Biology with Chemistry, Utrecht University; with honors
Ph.D. studies, Dept. of Biochemistry, Utrecht University
Thesis advisors: Dr. Jos Op den Kamp and Dr. Laurens van Deenen.
Thesis: Transbilayer distribution and mobility of phospholipid in mammalian plasma membranes
Postdoc at the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), Heidelberg, Germany, with Dr. Kai Simons, Cell Biology Program (EMBO Fellowship)
– The difference in lipid composition between the two plasma membrane domains of epithelial cells
– Fusion of lipids into the plasma membrane of living cells
Staff Scientist in the EMBL Cell Biology Program
– The tight junction as a barrier to lipid diffusion
– Intracellular lipid sorting in polarized epithelial cells
Staff Scientist at the Dept. of Cell Biology, Medical School, Utrecht University
Senior Fellow of the Royal Academy (KNAW)
Associate professor (UHD), Dept. of Cell Biology, Utrecht University
Professor of Cell Biology and Histology, Dept. of Cell Biology and Histology, Academic Medical Center (AMC), University of Amsterdam
Professor of Membrane Enzymology, Bijvoet Center and Institute of Biomembranes, Department of Chemistry, Science Faculty, Utrecht University.
Dean Faculty of Science, Utrecht University