Kevin Batenburg

PhD student
Team Member

Short CV

2017 -PhD candidateVU University Amsterdam
2013-2016MSc in Biomedical SciencesUniversity of Amsterdam
2016InternshipMolecular Neuroscience, University of Cambridge
2014InternshipMolecular Cytology, University of Amsterdam
2010‑2013BSc in Liberal Arts and SciencesUniversity of Amsterdam


Tau aggregation is the major pathophysiological hallmark of neurodegenerative tauopathies for which currently no treatment exists. Current in vitro models of tau aggregation heavily rely on rodent primary neurons in 2D (mono)cultures, which insufficiently mimic neuron-astrocyte interactions in a natural 3D environment, and have limited translational value to human disease. In this collaborative project with Dr. Wiep Scheper (FGA), we develop 2D and 3D human neuron-astrocyte co-cultures compatible with high-content imaging. We employ these human co-culture systems to study the cell (non-)autonomous effects of tau aggregation and identify leads for intervention in a disease-relevant in vitro context. 

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Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Center for Neurogenomics and Cognitive Research (CNCR)
Department of Functional Genomics
W&N building, Room B-459
De Boelelaan 1085
1081 HV Amsterdam
The Netherlands