Portrait of Hendrik Marks
Portrait of Hendrik Marks

Senior Award from the De Snoo - van 't Hoogerhuijs Foundation for developmental biologist Dr. Hendrik Marks

Dr. Hendrik Marks, a researcher in Molecular Biology, has received the Senior Award from the De Snoo - van 't Hoogerhuijs Foundation for his contributions to reproductive medicine and developmental biology. Hendrik Marks' research focuses on genome regulation during early embryonic development in humans and mice. The De Snoo - van 't Hoogerhuijs Foundation periodically awards prizes for significant scientific research in the field of reproduction in the broadest sense.

Genome regulation in embryonic development

The research of Hendrik Marks focuses on genome regulation during the early stages of embryonic development in humans and mice. He specifically investigates how cells in the early embryo develop into trophectoderm cells (the future placenta) or epiblast cells (the future foetus). Additionally, his lab examines at a later stage how the epiblast cells specialise into cells from one of the three germ layers in both organisms. Hendrik plans to use the prize money of €40,000 for functional studies of proteins that may be involved in the development towards trophectoderm or epiblast during human embryonic development.

Hendrik Marks' response

Dr. Hendrik Marks responds: "I am immensely grateful: this allows me and my team to further investigate the epigenetic mechanisms underlying the initial cell lineage separation in human embryogenesis. I am very thankful for all the support and collaborations from colleagues at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS), the Radboud Faculty of Science, and Radboud University, an excellent environment for our research. Also, I am grateful for the many collaborative partners over the years. And many thanks to all the current and former members of my team, who are at the foundation of it all; very happy to work with such talented and dedicated researchers!"

Hendrik Marks bij de uitreiking van de Senior Award

De Snoo – van ‘t Hoogerhuijs Foundation

The De Snoo - van 't Hoogerhuijs foundation periodically awards prizes for significant scientific research in the field of reproduction in the broadest sense. These awards serve as a token of appreciation and create opportunities for the winners to support their best and most original ideas in clinical or fundamental research. The foundation brings together clinicians and researchers in the fields of obstetrics and gynaecology, embryology, genetics, and developmental biology to share findings in this area and discuss controversies.