prof. dr. A.N. (Niels) Bovenschen

prof. dr. A.N. (Niels) Bovenschen

Full Professor
prof. dr. A.N. (Niels) Bovenschen
  • Department of Pathology

Research Programs



Prof. dr. Niels Bovenschen studied Medical Biology at the Free University in Amsterdam and he obtained his PhD in 2003 at Sanquin Research (Amsterdam). In 2004, he moved to the department of Pathology at the University Medical Center Utrecht (UMC Utrecht). His research group focuses on the effector immune response in eliminating tumor cells and virus-infected cells. He is in charge of the UMC Utrecht Pathology Research Laboratory and head of the Laboratory of Translational Immunology core facility Proteins. Niels was appointed as Senior Fellow in 2017 and as Principal Fellow in 2020 at Utrecht University. His mission is to engage undergraduate students in science by creating synergy between education, scientific research, and healthcare already at the early undergraduate level. Niels focuses on multidisciplinary collaboration and facilitates students to work on real-world societally relevant problems in the healthcare domain. He is examiner and coordinator of several (bio)medical educational programs and courses at the faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University. In 2019, Niels Bovenschen won the Outstanding Teacher Award of Utrecht University. He was appointed professor of Biomedical Research-based Education at the faculty of Medicine in 2021.

Side Activities

Academic Editor, PLoS ONE (onbezoldigd)          

Review Editor, Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology (onbezoldigd)

Lid examencommissie Geneeskunde, Faculteit Geneeskunde, UU, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Commissielid 'Docent van het jaar', UU (onbezoldigd)

Bestuurslid Leergang Onderwijskundig Leiderschap, UU (onbezoldigd)

Member Comenius Network, NRO, KNAW (onbezoldigd)

Module coordinator, CHARM-EU (onbezoldigd)

Principal fellow, Centre for Adacemic Teaching (CAT), UU (onbezoldigd)

Bestuurslid Leergang Onderwijskundig Leiderschap EWUU, Alliantie UU, WAG, TU/e, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Ambassadeur Multidisciplinair onderwijs, De Nieuwe Utrechtse School, UMCU (onbezoldigd)

Fellowship and Awards

2020: Principal Fellow Utrecht University

2019: Outstanding Teacher Award. Docent van het jaar. Utrecht University

2018: NWO Comenius Teaching Fellow grant

2018: Lecturer of the year. Docent van het jaar. Faculty of Medicine, Utrecht University

2017: Senior Fellow Utrecht University

2006: NWO/ZonMw VENI grant (Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research).

Research Output (96)

Temporal Dynamics of Serum Perforin and Granzymes in Three Different Clinical Stages of Virus-Induced Severe Fever with Thrombocytopenia Syndrome

Ryu Sukhyun, Choi Jin Kyeong, Achangwa Chiara, Cho Soojung, Hwang Joo-Hee, Hwang Jeong-Hwan, Bovenschen Niels, Lee Chang-Seop 31 Jul 2023, In: The American journal of tropical medicine and hygiene. 109 , p. 554-558 5 p.

Serpin B9 controls tumor cell killing by CAR T cells

Kimman Thomas, Slomp Anne, Martens Anne, Grabherr Sarah, Li Shuang, van Diest Eline, Meeldijk Jan, Kuball Jurgen, Minnema Monique C., Eldering Eric, Bovenschen Niels, Sebestyén Zsolt, Peperzak Victor 17 Mar 2023, In: Journal for ImmunoTherapy of Cancer. 11

Linked research hubs train students to tackle societal challenges

Schakelaar Michael Y, Bassat Quique, Comiskey Catherine M, Felvinczi Katalin, Haarhuis Jan C M, Bovenschen Niels 17 Nov 2022, In: Nature. 611 , p. 449-449 1 p.

Cellular Immunotherapy for Medulloblastoma

Schakelaar Michael Y, Monnikhof Matthijs, Crnko Sandra, Pijnappel Emma, Meeldijk Jan, Ten Broeke Toine, Bovenschen Niels 11 Oct 2022, In: Neuro-oncology. 25 , p. 617-627 11 p.

Strengthening educational leadership through a teaching-focused full professor career track

Kluijtmans Manon, Bovenschen Niels, Lutz Christel, Meijerman I., Schutjens Veronique, Van der Smagt M.J., Wijngaarts Leoniek, Prins F.J., Crone Vincent Aug 2022,

Sarcomere Disassembly and Transfection Efficiency in Proliferating Human iPSC-Derived Cardiomyocytes

Yuan Qianliang, Maas Renee G.C., Brouwer Ellen C.J., Pei Jiayi, Blok Christian Snijders, Popovic Marko A., Paauw Nanne J., Bovenschen Niels, Hjortnaes Jesper, Harakalova Magdalena, Doevendans Pieter A., Sluijter Joost P.G., van der Velden Jolanda, Buikema Jan W. Feb 2022, In: Journal of Cardiovascular Development and Disease. 9 , p. 1-13

Pediatric medulloblastoma express immune checkpoint B7-H3

Li S, Poolen G C, van Vliet L C, Schipper J G, Broekhuizen R, Monnikhof M, Van Hecke W, Vermeulen J F, Bovenschen N 5 Jan 2022, In: Clinical & translational oncology : official publication of the Federation of Spanish Oncology Societies and of the National Cancer Institute of Mexico. 24 , p. 1204-1208 5 p.

Immunotherapy in Medulloblastoma: Current State of Research, Challenges, and Future Perspectives

Voskamp Marije J., Li Shuang, van Daalen Kim R., Crnko S, ten Broeke Toine, Bovenschen Niels 27 Oct 2021, In: Cancers. 13 , p. 1-20

Maak onderwijs een essentieel onderdeel van promotietraject

Valentijn Floris, Bovenschen Niels 1 Sep 2021, In: Onderwijsblad. 8

Noncytotoxic functions of killer cell granzymes in viral infections

de Jong Lisanne C., Crnko Sandra, Broeke Toine ten, Bovenschen Niels Sep 2021, In: PLoS Pathogens. 17 , p. 1-19

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