Affiliation: University Medical Center Utrecht, NL
Geert Kops is Professor of Molecular Tumor Cell Biology in a shared appointment between the department of Molecular Cancer Research and department of Medical Oncology, at the University Medical Center Utrecht, The Netherlands. He obtained his PhD in 2001 at Utrecht University for his investigations into the PI3kinase-PKB/Akt–FOXO pathway and its role in cellular proliferation. He then pursued postdoctoral studies in the lab of Don Cleveland at the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research in La Jolla, California, where he investigated aspects of the mitotic checkpoint. He returned to the Netherlands in 2005. His primary research interests include signaling networks that regulate chromosome segregation, and the potential use of targeting these networks as an anti-cancer strategy. He is the recipient of the NVBMB prize 2004 and was awarded an ERC Starting Independent Researcher Grant from the European Research Counsil in 2009.