Gert Folkerts

Affiliation: Full Professor, Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, the Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Education and Experience:

  • 2003-present:  Full Professor, Pharmacology, Faculty of Science, Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences.
  • 1989-2003:  PhD-student, Assistant Professor, Associate Professor,Department of Pharmacology, Faculty Pharmacy, Utrecht University, The Netherlands. Guest researcher at the University of Edmonton (Canada), the Wellcome Research Institute in Beckenham (UK) and Janssen Research Foundation in Beerse (Belgium).
  • 1983-1989:  Technician and PhD-student, Department of Pharmacology, Pharmacy & Toxicology, Faculty of Veterinary Sciences. Utrecht University, The Netherlands
  • 1981-1983:  Technician Rudolf Magnus Institute for Pharmacology at the Utrecht University, The Netherlands


Other functions: From 2007 Editor of the European Journal of Pharmacology, Utrecht, The Netherlands.

Research Keywords: Immuno-Pharmacology, Chronic Inflammatory Diseases, Translational Medicine, Functional Foods, From Molecular to In Vivo Pharmacology.

Theme: Immunology and Neuroscience

Offering: In Vitro and in Vivo test models for (chronic) inflammatory diseases. Respiratory, Gastro-Intestinal and Cardio-Vascular research.

Looking for: Collaborations to narrow the gap between fundamental research and valorization = Translational Medicine = Proof of Concept

Selected Recent Publications:

  1. Hahn CS, Scott DW, Xu X, Roda MA, Payne GA, Wells JM, Viera L, Winstead CJ, Bratcher P, Sparidans RW, Redegeld FA, Jackson PL, Folkerts G, Blalock JE, Patel RP, Gaggar A. The matrikine N-α-PGP couples extracellular matrix fragmentation to endothelial permeability. Sci Adv. 2015; 1(3). pii: e1500175
  2. Abdul Roda M, Fernstrand AM, Redegeld FA, Blalock JE, Gaggar A, Folkerts G. The matrikine PGP as a potential biomarker in COPD. Am J Physiol Lung Cell Mol Physiol. 2015; 308(11): L1095-101. doi: 10.1152/ajplung.00040.2015.
  3. Verheijden KA, Willemsen LE, Braber S, Leusink-Muis T, Jeurink PV, Garssen J, Kraneveld AD, Folkerts G. The development of allergic inflammation in a murine house dust mite asthma model is suppressed by synbiotic mixtures of non-digestible oligosaccharides and Bifidobacterium breve M-16V. Eur J Nutr. 2015 May 24. PubMed PMID: 26003185.
  4. Groenink L, Folkerts G, Schuurman HJ. European Journal of Pharmacology, Special issue on translational value of animal models: Introduction. Eur J Pharmacol. 2015;15;759:1-2. doi: 10.1016/j.ejphar.2015.03.050.
  5. Sorbello V, Ciprandi G, Di Stefano A, Massaglia GM, Favatà G, Conticello S, Malerba M, Folkerts G, Profita M, Rolla G, Ricciardolo FL. Nasal IL-17F is related to bronchial IL-17F/neutrophilia and exacerbations in stable atopic severe asthma. Allergy. 2015; 70(2):236-40. doi: 10.1111/all.12547.
  6. Zheng B, van Bergenhenegouwen J, van de Kant HJ, Folkerts G, Garssen J, Vos AP, Morgan ME, Kraneveld AD. Specific probiotic dietary supplementation leads to different effects during remission and relapse in murine chronic colitis. Benef Microbes. 2015;1-10. [Epub ahead of print] PubMed PMID: 26645352