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Erik van den Akker

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erikErik Ben van den Akker (1981) obtained his Bachelors degree in Microbiology at the Fontys Hogescholen Eindhoven in 2006. His Bachelor thesis project titled ‘Copy Number Variations in Immune Related Genes’ was conducted at the Leiden University Medical Centre at the department of Human Genetics. He continued his education with a Master in Life Science & Technology, a shared program between Delft University of Technology and Leiden University from which he graduated cum laude in 2009. This time, his thesis work titled ‘CRM Finding in Higher Eukaryotes’ was conducted within The Delft Bioinformatics Lab, headed by Professor dr. Marcel Reinders at the Delft University of Technology. After graduation, he stayed as a PhD student within the Delft Bioinformatics Lab in a shared project with Professor dr. Eline Slagboom of the section Molecular Epidemiology at the Leiden University Medical Centre. His PhD work was funded by the Medical Delta in a project aimed at developing integrative algorithms for a comprehensive and robust analysis of omics data sources, for elucidating the determinants of healthy aging and longevity within the Leiden Longevity Study. The results of this research are outlined in his thesis, entitled "Computational biology in human aging : an omics data integration approach". Currently he is employed as a postdoctoral researcher within the section of Molecular Epidemiology and still is a member of the Reinders group. His current work focuses on developing integrative algorithms for the analysis of cross-species omics data on aging and development created within the IDEAL consortium.

In 2019 Erik was awarded a Veni grant. 

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