Liza Kok

PhD student

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2020 – PhD candidate VU University Amsterdam
2019-2020 Research Technician VU University Amsterdam and Amsterdam UMC (location VUmc)
2017-2019 Master of Science in Neurosciences VU University Amsterdam
2013‑2017 Bachelor of Science in Bio-research (Life Sciences & Chemistry) Hogeschool Inholland Amsterdam


4H syndrome is are rare genetic disorder which is named after its three characteristic phenotypes: hypomyelination, hypogonadotropic hypogonadism and hypodontia. It is one of the most common hypomyelinating leukodystrophies and currently there are no curative treatments available. The disease is caused by mutations in subunits of RNA polymerase III. Despite the known genetic cause, the understanding of the mechanisms responsible for these three specific phenotypes remains unclear. In my PhD project, we aim to get more insight into the pathomechanisms underlying hypomyelination in 4H syndrome by recapitulating this process in vitro with neurons and oligodendrocytes derived from human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs).

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