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Dr Sander van den Driesche

Tenure Track Lecturer (Edinburgh/Zhejiang)


Personal Website: Edinburgh University

Dr Sander van den Driesche is a tenure track lecturer at the Zhejiang University - University of Edinburgh Institute and at the University of Edinburgh. Sander obtained his PhD degree at the Hubrecht Institute in the Netherlands, before moving to Edinburgh in 2006, where he joined the MRC Human Reproductive Sciences Unit as a post-doctoral researcher. In 2011 he became senior post-doc at the MRC Centre for Reproductive Health in Edinburgh. Since September 2016 he works for the ZJU/UoE Institute. His research focuses on the fetal origin of male reproductive health disorders and the regulation of the male programming window.

Research interests: 
  1. The fetal origins of the most common human male reproductive disorders of newborn and young adult males, which is also called 'Testicular Dysgenesis Syndrome'. 

  2. A general and basic understanding of the development and function of the testis and male reproductive tract and how physiology, endocrinology, biochemistry and molecular biology play their parts in this development and how mis-development could result in male reproductive health disorders.

  3. Effects of environmental chemical exposures and lifestyle factors on the development of the testis, the reproductive tract and their functions, which affects spermatogenesis and fertility.

  4. Fetal programming of adult (male) diseases, focussing on male reproductive health and function.

  5. Male reproductive toxicology.