PhD S. Huveneers

Research Associate
Main activities
Vascular Microenvironment & Integrity
Focus of research

Endothelial mechanotransduction in inflammation and vascular disease

  • Investigating vascular integrity in inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
  • Elucidating cytoskeletal-mediated cell-cell junction regulation.
  • Understanding how mechanical forces control endothelial adhesions.
Key publications
  • Malinova Tsveta S., Huveneers Stephan Sensing of Cytoskeletal Forces by Asymmetric Adherens Junctions Trends in cell biology 2018;28 (4):328-341 [PubMed]
  • Dorland Yvonne L., Malinova Tsveta S., van Stalborch Anne-Marieke D., Grieve Adam G., van Geemen Daphne, Jansen Nicolette S., de Kreuk Bart-Jan, Nawaz Kalim, Kole Jeroen, Geerts Dirk, Musters René J. P., de Rooij Johan, Hordijk Peter L., Huveneers Stephan The F-BAR protein pacsin2 inhibits asymmetric VE-cadherin internalization from tensile adherens junctions Nature communications 2016;7:12210 [PubMed]
  • Huveneers Stephan, Daemen Mat J. A. P., Hordijk Peter L. Between Rho(k) and a hard place: the relation between vessel wall stiffness, endothelial contractility, and cardiovascular disease Circulation research 2015;116 (5):895-908 [PubMed]
  • van Geemen Daphne, Smeets Michel W. J., van Stalborch Anne-Marieke D., Woerdeman Leonie A. E., Daemen Mat J. A. P., Hordijk Peter L., Huveneers Stephan F-actin-anchored focal adhesions distinguish endothelial phenotypes of human arteries and veins Arteriosclerosis, thrombosis, and vascular biology 2014;34 (9):2059-2067 [PubMed]
  • Huveneers Stephan, Oldenburg Joppe, Spanjaard Emma, van der Krogt Gerard, Grigoriev Ilya, Akhmanova Anna, Rehmann Holger, de Rooij Johan Vinculin associates with endothelial VE-cadherin junctions to control force-dependent remodeling Journal of cell biology 2012;196 (5):641-652 [PubMed]
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Curriculum Vitae

2016-now Groupleader at the Academic Medical Center

2016-now Vice-chair of the association of researchers in the talent scheme of NWO (VVViO

2015 NWO-VIDI fellowship

2012-2016 Group leader at Sanquin Research

2010 NWO-VENI fellowship

2010-now Board member of the Dutch Endothelial Biology Society 

2008-2012 Postdoc at the Hubrecht Institute

2003-2008 PhD student at the Netherlands Cancer Institute & at Leiden University


Research programmes

PhD S. Huveneers (Vascular Microenvironment and Integrity)

The group is expertised in vascular cell biology and advanced real-time imaging. Current research lines are aimed at:

  • Investigating vascular integrity in inflammation and cardiovascular disease.
  • Establishing the importance of asymmetric junctions for collective cell behaviour in angiogenesis.
  • Understanding how mechanical forces control endothelial adhesions.
  • Elucidating the role of endothelial Gaq signaling in Sturge-Weber syndrome

To achieve these goals we are determining the physiological importance of endothelial junctional events, such as Pacsin2 and Vinculin recruitment, combining high resolution microscopy of live cell junction dynamics with visualizing endothelial interactions in vivo.

PhD A. Angulo Urarte
MSc N.R. Reinhard

PhD Students
MSc A. Hooglugt
MSc V. Meyn

BEng A.J. de Haan

Prof. PhD C.J.M. de Vries (Regulation of Vascular Homeostasis and Metabolism)

Prof. PhD P.L. Hordijk (Landsteiner Laboratory)

Current research funding
  • AMC (Vrijgesteld)
  • NWO
  • Stichting AMC Foundation (Vrijgesteld)