|Position||Professor of Immune Physiology|
|Research fields||Microglia, Immune Physiology, epigenetics, multiple sclerose, central nervous system|
Jon Laman obtained his Msc in Medical Biology from the Vrije Universiteit in Amsterdam (1987) and his PhD on antibody formation in HIV-1 infection from the Erasmus University in Rotterdam (1992). As a postdoctoral visiting investigator from TNO, he worked on CD40–CD40 ligand interactions in B-cell responses and in experimental autoimmune encephalomyelitis (EAE, model of multiple sclerosis-MS) with Dr Randy J. Noelle (Dartmouth, Lebanon, New Hampshire, USA). In 1997, he was recruited by the Department of Immunology of the Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam to initiate the MS Centre ErasMS together with the neurologist and immunologist Prof. Rogier Q. Hintzen. In 2005, he was appointed as Full Professor in Immune Regulation. He closely collaborated with the Departments of Neurology (MS and Guillain-Barré syndrome), Rheumatology (rheumatoid arthritis) and Dermatology (psoriasis).
Fall 2014, Prof. Laman joined the Department of Neuroscience of the University Medical Centre Groningen and the MS Centre North Netherlands (MSCNN) as a Professor of Immune Physiology. His research interests are chronic brain inflammation in aging and multiple sclerosis (MS) employing human and animal studies. Work of the group is part of the Groningen Coherent Programme on Ageing.
He collaborates with different groups in the UMCG, the European Institute for the Biology of Ageing (ERIBA) and the Departments of Biology and Chemistry of the University of Groningen. Nationally, longstanding collaboration is with the Biomedical Primate Research Centre (BPRC) Rijswijk, as well as with the Brainbank and MS centers in Rotterdam and Amsterdam.