My name is Gerco Hassink. I’m a cell biologist with a background in ER membrane protein quality control, protein degradation, the ubiquitin system, and in the endolysosomal system. I performed my PhD at Leiden University Medical Center and continued my research at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm, after which I did a second post-doc at Utrecht Medical Center. Currently I’m doing research and provide technical assistance to the research theme "Neurotechnology and cellular engineering" at both the clinical neurophysiology group.Research interests
Beside assistance in the project “Effects of ischemia and hypoxemia on neuronal connectivity and synaptic neurotransmission” my research is focused around Parkinson’s disease. Together with the Nanobiophysics Group we try to elucidate the role of aggregate prone alpha-synuclein protein in cell death and disturbance of synaptic communication using cultured neurons on multi electrode arrays. Together with Biological Signals and Systems group and Applied Mathematics group we investigate altered GAP junctional coupling in the Globus Pallidus after ceased input of Substantia Nigra. This research we perform directly on brain slices.