Department of Toxicogenomics


Maastricht University is a research university that offers innovative and high quality academic programmes using methods of instruction that promote active learning to build knowledge and develop academic skills as well as an academic and professional attitude. In all our educational programmes, the concepts of Problem-Based Learning (PBL) are applied. Students are typically working in small groups, actively discussing problems and applying newly acquired knowledge in practical situations.

Staff members have coordinating and active teaching roles in the bachelor and master programmes and employees of our department are major contributors to the bachelor and master programmes on Biomedical Sciences (BMS) and numerous other courses and programmes in the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences (FHML), including the Health Sciences programme, European Public Health (EPH) as well as the Medical curriculum. For example, Prof. Dr. Theo de Kok is vice-chairman of the honours programme FHML, block coordinator of Food, novel food, food safety in the bachelor programme  EPH and coordinator of the Biomedical Sciences master programme block “Mechanisms in health and disease”. Dr. Jacco Briedé is a member of the board of examiners of BMS and block coordinator of “Molecules in Life” in the bachelor programme BioMedical Sciences. Dr. Danyel Jennen is the coordinator of the trajectory Scientific Communication in the BMS bachelor programme.

Furthermore, we guide students during their junior and senior internships, either within our department or externally. All relevant themes of our research activities within in the School of Oncology & Developmental Biology (GROW) are covered in our internship programme, including: Toxicogenomics, Human (cancer) Risk Assessment, Predictive Toxicology, Food and Chemical Safety, Molecular Epidemiology and Prevention. If you are interested in our internships, please check on:  or contact one of our staff members.

Additionally, the Department is involved in the Postgraduate Education in Toxicology (PET), a Dutch national programme for vocational postgraduate training in toxicology. Prof. Jos Kleinjans is coordinator of the Toxicogenomics course. This course provides an introduction on genomics technologies, i.e., gene expression profiling by microarray technologies, focussing on its application in toxicology. For more information please check: