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Koen Weghorst

Koen Weghorst

Intern

The role of the leukemic bone marrow microenvironment in leukemic cell survival and therapy resistance

Phone +31 88 972 50 71

Koen Weghorst is a Life Sciences student at the University of Applied Sciences Utrecht (Hogeschool Utrecht). In August 2021 Koen joined the Den Boer group for a 10 month graduation internship. In collaboration with Iris van de Sandt (PhD student), Koen focuses his research on the effect of the hypoxic bone marrow microenvironment on B-cell acute lymphoblastic leukemia (BCP-ALL). Together they try to characterize the alterations that occur in BCP-ALL cells in response to hypoxia and whether these alterations alter the sensitivity to (chemo)therapy and the interaction of leukemic cells with mesenchymal stromal cells.