|Position||Group Leader of the Laboratory of Asymmetric Cell Division and Ageing|
|Research fields||Neural Stem Cells, Asymmetric Cell Division, Neurogenesis, Cell Biology, Zebrafish Models, Mouse Models|
Judith Paridaen obtained her PhD degree at the Hubrecht Institute for Stem Cell Research and Developmental Biology and Utrecht University in 2009. She worked in the lab of Dana Zivkovic on genetics of zebrafish brain development. Here, she uncovered novel functions of several genes in different aspect of brain development, such as regional patterning and neuronal differentiation. In 2009, she joined the lab of Prof. Wieland Huttner at the Max Planck Institute for Molecular Cell Biology and Genetics in Dresden, Germany. Here, she studied the cell biology of neural stem cells in the mouse embryo on a long-term EMBO post-doctoral fellowship. In her post-doctoral research, she discovered that inheritance of subcellular structures such as centrioles and primary cilia plays a role in asymmetric stem cell division in the developing mouse brain.
In 2016, she joined the ERIBA as a Rosalind Franklin Fellow. Here, her lab studies the cell biological mechanisms that regulate stem cell division in developing and adult tissues. In particular, the group is interested in understanding how stem cells decide when and how to divide, and how they select daughter cell fates.