Anna Bennis

PhD student

Short CV

2012-PhD candidateDept Clinical Genetics, Academic Medical Center Amsterdam and Stem Cell Laboratory, VU University Amsterdam
2011Research InternshipDept Clinical Genetics, Academic Medical Center
2010Research InternshipDept Neuropsychiatric Disorders, Netherlands Institute for Neuroscience
2009-2011MasterCognitive Neuroscience, University of Amsterdam
2004-2008BachelorPsychobiology, University of Amsterdam


The retinal pigment epithelium (RPE) is a monolayer of neural crest derived cells which form part of the outer blood/retina barrier. In the eye, the RPE is located between the photoreceptors and the choroid. The RPE fulfills many functions in the maintenance of the retina and its importance in vision is illustrated by its involvement in a large number of retinal diseases like retinitis pigmentosa and age-related macular degeneration (AMD). Currently there is no effective cure for AMD. RPE cell replacement provides a new therapeutic option. We are interested in finding a suitable cell source for cell replacement therapy and investigate the potential of human embryonic stem cell (hESC). In our lab we are able to differentiate hESCs towards RPE and we are interested in their gene expression profile to extensively characterize these cells. Our aim is to improve the therapeutic option of using hESC-RPE cells in RPE degenerative disorders.

Contact info

Address:VU University
De Boelelaan 1085, W&N Bldg, Rm G350
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Telephone:+31 (0) 20 598 18 20