Barbara van der Hoeven


Barbara received her bachelor’s degree in molecular life sciences at Maastricht university after which she continued her education at Leiden university .

As a biomedical master student in Leiden she further specialized in research with an initial internship at the parasitology department in Leiden and research center Borstel in Germany.

In her final internship at the electron microscopy department she was involved in a project about visualization of exocytosis of Weibel-Palade Bodies and this sparked an interest in electron microscopy.

She is currently working on a PhD-project focusing on the application of correlative light and electron microscopy to characterize the replication complexes of positive strand RNA viruses. + RNA viruses induce membrane modifications in the host cell in order to create a microenvironment that is optimal for RNA-dependent RNA synthesis. Further characterization of these ‘viral factories’ is important as these play a key role in viral replication and evolution.

Barbara van der Hoeven