Group leaders
Position Principal Investigator
Research fields
  • Research Profile
  • Selected Publications
  • Lara Barazzuol obtained her PhD in Radiation Biology in 2012 at the University of Surrey in the United Kingdom. She then held a 3-year postdoctoral position at the Genome Damage and Stability Centre, United Kingdom, in Professor Penny Jeggo’s laboratory, known for their world-leading research in DNA repair. This is where Lara Barazzuol developed her research interest of how the embryonic and adult brain respond to DNA damage. In September of 2016, Lara Barazzuol moved to the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) in the Netherlands to establish her own laboratory within the Department of Biomedical Sciences and the Department of Radiation Oncology.

    Highlights from her career to date comprise several peer-reviewed articles and young investigator awards, including the 2012 Mercia Award in Medical Engineering, the 2015 British Institute of Radiology Nic McNally Award, the 2017 Adrian Begg Award and the 2017 Bas Mulder Award. Lara Barazzuol is a board member of the Netherlands Society for Radiobiology (NVRB) and the Dutch Society for Stem Cell Research (DSSCR). She is currently principal investigators on grants from ZonMW, KWF (Dutch Cancer Society), Cancer Research UK, Stand Up to Cancer, and the European Innovation Council (EIC).

    Lara Barazzuol’s research focuses on assessing the effect of cancer treatment, radiotherapy and chemotherapy, on the brain. Her group primarily aims to achieve an improved understanding of radiotherapy-induced neurocognitive dysfunction. When using radiotherapy in the treatment of brain tumours, damage of normal brain tissue is an unavoidable side effect. This can severely compromise cancer patients’ quality of life by diminishing their neurocognitive function, especially in cases of childhood brain tumours. Similar neurological effects have also been seen after chemotherapy treatment for brain, but also non-intracranial, tumours. The underlying mechanisms are not fully understood and, at present, there is no effective treatment.

    Lara Barazzuol’s lab, by using a combination of methodologies, including cerebral organoids and in vivo models, aims to understand the underlying biological mechanisms of cancer treatment-induced neurocognitive dysfunction; and, to investigate how genetic variation might contribute to neurocognitive outcome.

    Her group is also interested in investigating how defects in DNA repair impact on human health, with particular focus on neurodegenerative diseases.

    • All Publications: mepa page or overview (pdf file)
      Selected Publications:
      1. Voshart DC, Klaver M, Jiang Y, van Weering HRJ, van Buuren-Broek F, van der Linden GP, Cinat D, Kiewiet HH, Malimban J, Vazquez-Matias DA, Reali Nazario L, Scholma AC, Sewdihal J, van Goethem MJ, van Luijk P, Coppes RP, Barazzuol L*. Proton therapy induces a local microglial neuroimmune response. Radiotherapy and Oncology 2024; 1:110117. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      2. Voshart DC, Oshima T, Jiang Y, van der Linden GP, Ainslie AP, Reali Nazario L, van Buuren-Broek F, Scholma AC, van Weering HRJ, Brouwer N, Sewdihal J, Brouwer U, Coppes RP, Holtman IR, Eggen BJL, Kooistra SM, Barazzuol L*. Radiotherapy induces persistent innate immune reprogramming of microglia into a primed state. Cell Reports 2024; 43(2):113764. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      3. Ainslie AP, Klaver M, Voshart DC, Gerrits E, den Dunnen WFA, Eggen BJL, Bergink S*, Barazzuol L*. Glioblastoma and its treatment are associated with extensive accelerated brain aging. Aging Cell 2024; 2024;23(3):e14066. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      4. Cinat D, Lena De Souza A, Soto-Gamez A, Jellema-de Bruin AL, Coppes RP, Barazzuol L*. Mitophagy induction improves salivary gland stem/progenitor cell function by reducing senescence after irradiation. Radiotherapy and Oncology 2024;190:110028. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      5. Voshart DC, Wiedemann J, van Luijk P*, Barazzuol L*. Regional Responses in Radiation-Induced Normal Tissue Damage. Cancers 2021;13(3):367. *Corresponding author. Pdf 
      6. Cinat D, Coppes RP and Barazzuol L*. DNA Damage-Induced Inflammatory Microenvironment and Adult Stem Cell Response. Frontiers in Cell and Developmental Biology 2021; 8:9:729136. *Corresponding author. Pdf 
      7. Ainslie A, Huiting W, Barazzuol L* and Bergink S*. Genome instability and loss of protein homeostasis: converging paths to neurodegeneration? Open Biology 2021; 11(4):200296. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      8. Rocchi C, Cinat D, Serrano Martinez P, Jellema-de Bruin AL, Baanstra M, Brouwer U, del Angel Zuivre C, Schepers H, van Os R, Barazzuol L*, Coppes RP*. The Hippo signaling pathway effector YAP promotes salivary gland regeneration after injury. Science Signaling 2021;14(712):eabk0599. *Corresponding author. Pdf
      9. Barazzuol L, Coppes RP, van Luijk P. Prevention and treatment of radiotherapy-induced side effects. Molecular Oncology 2020; 14(7),1538-1554. Pdf
      10. Barazzuol L, Ju L, Jeggo PA. A coordinated DNA damage response promotes adult quiescent neural stem cell activation. PLoS Biology 2017; 15(5):e2001264. Pdf
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