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Prof. Dr. Els Berns

Professor Translational Gynaecological Oncology Erasmus MC

Biography

Els MJJ Berns, PhD, is Professor Translational Gynaecological Oncology with tenure at the Department of Medical Oncology at the Erasmus MC-Cancer Center in Rotterdam, the Netherlands. I am trained as a molecular cell biologist and obtained my PhD degree at the Erasmus University Rotterdam in 1986. After two years of postdoctoral training at the Scott Department of Urology at Baylor College of Medicine (Houston TX, USA) studying prostate cancer, I returned to Rotterdam in 1988. In 2011, I was visiting professor research in the Peter McCallum Cancer Center, Melbourne, Australia, to study ovarian cancer.

Currently I head the research group “Integrated genomics of treatment resistance” that is working on the prognostic and predictive role of genes, pathways and mRNAs and miRs in breast and ovarian cancer. The main goal of the research group is to generate drug response profiles to identify biomarkers and functionally analyse drugable targets in order to improve treatment response. I have (co-)authored (H-index: 37) on 150 reviewed papers on mainly breast and ovarian cancer, in amongst others Lancet, JCO and Cancer Research. I have given invited lectures at several (inter)national meetings.

I am a member of several scientific parties including the AACR, EUTROC, EORTC and chair the EORTC-GCG Translation Research group. As PI I serve(d) on multiple national and international projects/grants, including grants from Susan Komen Foundation, Dutch Cancer Society, Erasmus MC, EORTC, Vlaams Kankerfonds, EU-OVCAD-FP6, EU-OCTIPS-FP7, EU-RAIDS-FP7, TI Pharma T3-108 & 502 and NHMRC-Australia.

For the past 25 years I have lectured students and developed teaching programs for, amongst others, the Medical Curriculum. I have trained and guided JMS-BSc-MSc-PhD students and am a qualified BKO and SKO teacher.