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Group Members


Remco Westerink (PhD, ERT) is head of the Neurotoxicology Research Group at IRAS since 2005. He is member of the Society of Toxicology (SOT), the Netherlands Society of Toxicology (NVT), and the International Neurotoxicology Association (INA) where he served as President (2017-2019). Currently, he serves as Editor-in-Chief of NeuroToxicology (Elsevier), and editorial board member of Neurotoxicology and Teratology (Elsevier), and Toxicology In Vitro (Elsevier).

He is/was actively involved in several research projects, including EU-projects such as ATHON, ENFIRO, ACROPOLISDENAMIC, TUBE and ENDpoiNTs, and is frequent reviewer (e.g. Chemical Research in Toxicology, Environmental Science & Technology, Neurotoxicology, Neurotoxicology and Teratology, Toxicology In Vitro, Toxicological Sciences, and Toxicology & Applied Pharmacology). He (co)authored over 100 papers. See Research-Gate or Pubmed for more information.


Anke Tukker previously performed her MSc major internship on the in vitro neurotoxic effects of perfluorinated compounds at the Neurotoxicology Research Group. She started working as a PhD student on the NC3R-funded Crack-it project in January 2016 to develop new in vitro models and approaches for human neurotoxicity testing. Currently, she is wrapping up the final bits and pieces, and she will be receiving her PhD in April 2020.

See Researchgate or Pubmed for more information.

Lennart van Melis started as PhD student in the Neurotoxicology Research Group in Autumn 2019. He is working on the EU-funded ENDpoiNTs project, which is focused on investigating the developmental neurotoxicity of endocrine disruptors in vitro. As part of his research, Lennart will also develop new assays and models to improve (developmental) neurotoxicity testing.


Lora Gerber started in the Neurotoxicology Research Group as PhD student on the EU-funded TUBE project in Autumn 2019. Her research will focus on assessing the effects of air pollution on in vitro neurotoxicity. To ensure a realistic inhalation exposure scenario, part of her work will be performed at RIVM using air-liquid interface lung models.


Jonelle Meijer started as our newest research technician in Summer 2019. She works on our ZonMW-funded microplastics project. Within this project, Jonelle will investigate the in vitro toxic potential of nano- and microplastics on neuronal cultures and the blood-brain barrier. Additionally, she will help out with cell culture and other daily routines.


Gina van Kleef is one of our research-technicians. Since 1980 she trained dozens of MSc and PhD students how to take care of the cells and learned them to perform voltage-clamp recordings in cultured cells and oocytes. Additionally, she takes care of most daily lab routines and has helped many of the PhD students to finish their thesis just in time!

See Research-Gate or Pubmed for more information.


Aart de Groot is the technician of the group, already since 1979. Everything that has something to do with electronics he can fix, often by just looking at it or simply standing close to it: the ‘Aart-effect’ (which can be very frustrating for others). In addition to keeping the hardware of the lab up and running he keeps us all up to date with software developments and custom-made software routines.

See Pubmed for more information.