dr. ir. K.L. (Niels) Berenschot

dr. ir. K.L. (Niels) Berenschot

Full Professor
dr. ir. K.L. (Niels) Berenschot
  • Department of Pathology



Prof. dr. Niels Bovenschen studied Medical Biology at the Free University in Amsterdam and he obtained his PhD in 2003 at Sanquin Research (Amsterdam). In 2004, he moved to the department of Pathology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). His research group focuses on the effector immune response in eliminating tumor cells and virus-infected cells. He is in charge of the UMC Utrecht Pathology Research Laboratory and head of the Laboratory of Translational Immunology core facility Proteins. Niels was appointed as Senior Fellow in 2017 and as Principal Fellow in 2020 at Utrecht University. His mission is to engage undergraduate students in science by creating synergy between education, scientific research, and healthcare already at the early undergraduate level. Niels focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration and facilitates students to work on real-world societally relevant problems in the healthcare domain. He is examiner and coordinator of several (bio)medical educational programs and courses at the faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University. In 2019, Niels Bovenschen won the Outstanding Teacher Award of Utrecht University. He was appointed professor of Biomedical Research-based Education at the faculty of Medicine in 2021.

Side Activities

Academic Editor, PLoS ONE (onbezoldigd)          

Review Editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (onbezoldigd)

Lid examencommissie Geneeskunde, Faculteit Geneeskunde, UU, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Commissielid 'Docent van het jaar', UU (onbezoldigd)

Bestuurslid Leergang Onderwijskundig Leiderschap, UU (onbezoldigd)

Member Comenius Network, NRO, KNAW (onbezoldigd)

Module coordinator, CHARM-EU (onbezoldigd)

Principal fellow, Centre for Adacemic Teaching (CAT), UU (onbezoldigd)

Bestuurslid Leergang Onderwijskundig Leiderschap EWUU, Alliantie UU, WAG, TU/e, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Ambassadeur Multidisciplinair onderwijs, De Nieuwe Utrechtse School, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Fellowship and Awards

2020: Principal Fellow Utrecht University

2019: Outstanding Teacher Award. Docent van het jaar. Utrecht University

2018: NWO Comenius Teaching Fellow grant

2018: Lecturer of the year. Docent van het jaar. Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University

2017: Senior Fellow Utrecht University

2006: NWO/ZonMw VENI grant (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research).

Research Output (90)

Sarcomere Disassembly and Transfection Efficiency in Proliferating Human iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes

Yuan Qianliang, Maas Renee G.C., Brouwer Ellen C.J., Pei Jiayi, Blok Christian Snijders, Popovic Marko A., Paauw Nanne J., Bovenschen Niels, Hjortnaes Jesper, Harakalova Magdalena, Doevendans Pieter A., Sluijter Joost P.G., van der Velden Jolanda, Buikema Jan W. Feb 2022, In: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 9 , p. 1-13

Immunotherapy in Medulloblastoma: Current State of Research, Challenges, and Future Perspectives

Voskamp Marije J., Li Shuang, van Daalen Kim R., Crnko S, ten Broeke Toine, Bovenschen Niels 27 Oct 2021, In: Cancers. 13 , p. 1-20

Maak onderwijs een essentieel onderdeel van promotietraject

Valentijn Floris, Bovenschen Niels 1 Sep 2021, In: Onderwijsblad. 8

Noncytotoxic functions of killer cell granzymes in viral infections

de Jong Lisanne C., Crnko Sandra, Broeke Toine ten, Bovenschen Niels Sep 2021, In: PLoS Pathogens. 17 , p. 1-19

Granzyme A Produced by gamma(9)delta(2) T Cells Activates ER Stress Responses and ATP Production, and Protects Against Intracellular Mycobacterial Replication Independent of Enzymatic Activity

Rasi Valerio, Wood David C, Eickhoff Christopher S, Xia Mei, Pozzi Nicola, Edwards Rachel L, Walch Michael, Bovenschen Niels, Hoft Daniel F 3 Aug 2021, In: Frontiers in Immunology. 12 , p. 1-12

A novel undergraduate biomedical laboratory course concept in synergy with ongoing faculty research

Schot Willemijn D., Hegeman Maria A., ten Broeke Toine, Valentijn Floris A., Meijerman Irma, Prins Frans J., Dictus Wim J. A. G., Bovenschen Niels 22 Jul 2021, In: BIOCHEMISTRY AND MOLECULAR BIOLOGY EDUCATION. 49 , p. 758-767 10 p.

Extracellular Granzyme K Modulates Angiogenesis by Regulating Soluble VEGFR1 Release From Endothelial Cells

Li Shuang, van Dijk Christian G.M., Meeldijk Jan, Kok Helena M., Blommestein Isabelle, Verbakel Annick L.F., Kotte Marit, Broekhuizen Roel, Laclé Miangela M., Goldschmeding Roel, Cheng Caroline, Bovenschen Niels 9 Jun 2021, In: Frontiers in oncology. 11 , p. 1-11

Onderwijs moet een essentieel onderdeel zijn van een promotietraject

Valentijn Floris, Bovenschen Niels 5 May 2021,

Intracellular and Extracellular Roles of Granzyme K

Bouwman Annemieke C., van Daalen Kim R., Crnko Sandra, ten Broeke Toine, Bovenschen Niels 4 May 2021, In: Frontiers in Immunology. 12 , p. 1-10

All research output

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