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Freek Vonk

Postdoc / guest

Name
Dr. F.J. Vonk
Telephone
+31 71 527 5030
E-mail
f.j.vonk@biology.leidenuniv.nl

Ever since I was a child, I was fascinated by nature and wild animals. From the moment I discovered the life of snakes, my love for biology increased every day. As a 15 year old boy, the diversity of snake species and their wide range of adaptations caught my attention. That's when I decided that I wanted to study biology in order to learn more about these animals.

After my study in biology and my promotion at Leiden University, I started working at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. My curiosity is still not satisfied. There are so many questions. Every day I am very happy to work on my scientific research. But at the same time, I try to convey my knowledge and passion about nature to the general public. I think it's important to reach out to people and touch their hearts in order to get the message across that we need to care about the wonderful life on earth.

More information about Freek Vonk

After my study in biology and my promotion at Leiden University, I started working at Naturalis Biodiversity Center. My curiosity is still not satisfied. There are so many questions. Every day I am very happy to work on my scientific research. But at the same time, I try to convey my knowledge and passion about nature to the general public. I think it's important to reach out to people and touch their hearts in order to get the message across that we need to care about the wonderful life on earth.

Career

2014-2018 Postdoc Naturalis Biodiversity Center
2012-2014 Postdoc Molecular Ecology and Evolution Group, Bangor University (Wales, UK)
September 6, 2012 PhD. "Snake evolution and the application of snake venom." Leiden University
May 24, 2008 MSc. Biology Leiden University

International activities

September 2012 – March 2014 Postdoctoral researcher at the the Molecular Ecology and Evolution Group at Bangor University in Wales (UK), sequencing and studying the genomes and transcriptomes of the king cobra (Ophiophagus hannah).
January – April 2010 Expedition to Australia to collect venom from snakes throughout Australia and visit laboratories at the Universities of Brisbane and Sydney, funded by Technology Foundation STW, the Leiden University Fund and the Gratama stichting.
January – February 2009 Research trip to Australia: to the University of South Australia, Australian Venom Research Unit (University of Melbourne) and the Venom Supplies venom laboratories to lecture and collect venom samples from Australian snakes for venom studies.
March 2008 Invited to lecture at the University of Tel Aviv and the University of Haifa. 
January to April 2006 Internship at the University of Melbourne, the Australian Venom Research Unit, constructing cDNA libraries of the venom glands of several species of venomous snakes.
December 2005 Invited to lecture at the University of South Australia on embryonic gene-expression studies in snakes.

Postdoc / guest

  • Wiskunde en Natuurwetenschappen
  • Instituut Biologie Leiden
  • IBL Animal Sciences & Health

Work address

Sylvius
Sylviusweg 72
2333 BE Leiden
Room number 6.5.16

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