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JESPER KERS

Role: Computational biomedical specialist 

Research interest: Computational biology, artificial intelligence, kidney pathology

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands

I am a kidney pathologist with a research interest in bioinformatics, expression analysis and biomedical image analysis with new techniques from the field of artificial intelligence. I studied medicine at the University of Amsterdam followed by residency training at the Amsterdam UMC. During my studies I  performed PhD research on acute and chronic kidney transplant failure at the Amsterdam UMC, INSERM in Paris (France) and IMI/CMMI in Bruxelles (Belgium) with postdoctoral training on bioinformatics and molecular analysis at the Ragon Institute of MGH, MIT & Harvard in Boston (US) and the Van ’t Hoff Institute for Molecular Sciences (HIMS) of the University of Amsterdam. The past years, I have focused my research on the analysis of digitalized images from kidney biopsies with deep learning. I’m very enthusiastic about implementation such novel techniques into clinical practice, which make in my opinion clinical pathology and tissue analysis currently the most dynamic field in medicine. With the PM-KIDNEY consortium, I will be responsible for multi-omics data analysis to translate molecular profiles of pollution-induced kidney ageing to the human context.