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René Olsthoorn

Assistant professor

Dr. R.R.C.L. Olsthoorn
+31 71 527 4773

René Olsthoorn studies the role of RNA structures in viral infections and genetic disorders.

More information about René Olsthoorn

René Olsthoorn (1964) studied chemistry at Leiden University, and obtained his PhD degree (cum laude) in the group of Dr. J. van Duin in 1996. His thesis  "Evolution and structure of RNA phages" was awarded with the C.J.-Kok prize by the Faculty of Science of Leiden University. From 1996 to 2003 he fulfilled many postdoctoral positions, a.o. in the labs of prof. J.J. Bujarski (Northern Illinois University), prof. C.W.A. Pleij (LU) and prof. J.F. Bol (LU), where he worked on RNA viruses of plants. In 2003 he received the first Beijerinck-Premium from the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) for his contribution to the field of virology. In the same year, he was awarded a VIDI-grant from NWO to continue his studies on viral RNA structures. Currently, he is a staff member in the Leiden Institute of Chemistry.

Assistant professor

  • Science
  • Leiden Institute of Chemistry
  • LIC/Chemical Biology

Work address

Gorlaeus Building
Einsteinweg 55
2333 CC Leiden
Room number DE1.01



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