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Theo van den Broek

Graduated Research Talent Career development program

With great pleasure, I finished the UMC Utrecht Research Talent Career Development program [info].
The program aims to develop very talented researchers in their research careers. This program has four development programs in which themes like personal effectivity, building networks, negotiating, and Recognition & Rewards and Open Science are core.

The program consisted of skill training in:
– Personal leadership
– Effective communication & Expert dialog
– Open Science accelerator
– Peer coaching
– Dealing with scientific negotiations
– Make powerful choices in your career

ECR Editorial board member


Nature, correspondence – Career development

In this correspondence we  discuss that graduate and Ph.D. students need to be made aware that a position as principal investigator (PI) in academia is not the career default to attain. We argue that a change in the mindset of students via more inclusive guidance concerning future career prospects will help reduce the feeling of failure, with associated depression and anxiety, many Ph.D. students are currently facing. A reset of research career default mindset is needed, among others.

This is correpondence is part of my goal to promote and support professional development of yNVVI and yEFIS network members.

link to Correspondence

Article accepted Nature Communications (2nd author)

Soon available open access:

Follicular T Cells are Clonally and Transcriptionally Distinct in B Cell-Driven Mouse Autoimmune Disease, by
Elliot Akama-Garren, Theo van den Broek*, Lea Simoni*, Carlos Castrillon, Kees van der Poel, and Michael Carroll. (* contributed equally)

As part of my Marie Curie sponsored research activities during my postdoc in the Carroll-lab (Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School). More research to follow.


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Awarded Infection & Immunity Boost Grant

Excited and honored to be selected for this Boost grant. Many great collaborations and projects will follow.

The Infection & Immunity Boost Grant aims to initiate new research projects combining expertise of the infection as well as the immunity research field. The research project addresses pressing questions in the field with an expected promising outcome.

Project title:
To unravel the role of innate signals in the (pre-)differentiation and function of naive T cells

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