MSc Univerity of Utrecht 1988 PhD University of Leiden 1993
Wouter Kalle graduated in 1988 as Drs. in Biology from the State University of Utrecht in the Netherlands.
In 1989, he started working as a PhD student at the Department of Radiation Genetics and Chemical Mutagenesis at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands. The title of his PhD thesis is 'Immunochemical Analysis of UV-induced repair events in specific DNA sequences of mammalian cells'. He finished his PhD studies in 1993 and started working as a post doc at the Department of Cytochemistry and Cytometry at the University of Leiden in the Netherlands.
During this period he worked on Atomic Force Microscopy, In situ Hybridization and Immuno-cytochemistry. He took up his present position as lecturer in Molecular Biology in the School of Biomedical Sciences in 1997. His research interests are focused on evolutionary mechanisms in behaviour.
He successfully supervised a number of Honours- and PhD students which has resulted in journal articles in international peer reviewed journals.
Since 2007 he is Program Leader for the Bachelor of Medical Science.
|BMS240 Human Molecular Genetics||BMS241 Molecular Cell Biology|
|BMS352 Molecular Pathology||BMS237 Integrated Clinical Placement I|
|BMS351 Integrated Clinical placement II|
Most of Wouter's scientific life (and publications) deal with DNA, studying it with either molecular or microscopic techniques. The way DNA can be damaged and repaired and the link with cancer induction have been and will be lifelong passions.
As a hobby he has always been interested in the study of evolution. Current research on epigenetics and epigenomics has clearly shown that DNA modification (structural or chemical) can have a profound effect on future generations without actually changing the sequence of DNA. This has shifted his interest in evolution somewhat towards the evolution of human behaviour (see his membership of the European human behaviour and evolution association EHBEA).
This led to the start of a very interesting and exciting development at CSU when they started the Multi-faculty research group 'the genetics of poverty' last year. This group will research the relation between biology, sociology, psychology and social justice. Epigenetic research has already shown that the (neo) liberal dogma 'anyone can do anything as long as opportunities are equal' actually disregards fundamental biological principles and can therefore not be correct. They are trying to follow this in 2013 with some preliminary publications in the area of environmental and genetic influences on social justice and social work.
Regular reviewer for:
Research in Cell Biology (http://www.sapub.org/Journal/aimsandscope.aspx?journalid=1134)
Chair of Multi-Faculty CSU research group 'the genetics of poverty'