Laila has a great interest in studying cancer progression using in vivo animal models and microscopy. Laila is from the Netherlands, where she obtained her BSc and MSc in Bio-Medical Science. As part of these degrees, she completed internships at the Dutch Cancer Institute (NKI), University Medical Center Utrecht (the Netherlands) and Peter MacCallum Cancer Center (Australia).

She performed her PhD work in the lab of Jacco van Rheenen at the Hubrecht Institute (the Netherlands) and studied the metastatic process using high-resolution intravital microscopy. After graduating in 2013, she joined the Ramaswamy lab as a postdoctoral fellow. She is currently studying cellular dormancy and tumor recurrences in vivo.


Laila Ritsma, PhD

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