Short CV/Education and training

  • 1989
    MSc Biochemistry, Moscow State University, The Soviet Union

  • 1989 – 1991
    Junior scientist at A.N. Belozersky Laboratory of Bioorganic Chemistry and Molecular Biology, Moscow State University.

  • 1991 – 1992
    Research Scholar, Microscopy Group, Department of Applied Physics, University of Twente, The Netherlands.

  • 1992 – 1996
    PhD student, Department of Genetics, Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • 1996 – 1997
    Postdoc, Department of Microbiology and Evolutionary Biology, Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

  • 1997
    PhD Biology, Catholic University of Nijmegen, The Netherlands; Thesis title: "Histone gene expression in Drosophila"

  • 1997 – 2001
    Postdoc, Department of Cell Biology and Genetics, Erasmus University of Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2001 – 2002
    Group leader at the Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2002 – 2008
    Assistant Professor, tenure position at the Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • 2008 – 2010
    Associate Professor, Department of Cell Biology, Erasmus University Medical Centre, Rotterdam, The Netherlands.

  • since 2011
    Professor and co-chair, Division of Cell Biology, Faculty of Science, Utrecht University, Utrecht, The Netherlands

Selected publications

  • Jiang, K., G. Toedt, S. Montenegro Gouveia, N.E. Davey, S. Hua, B. van der Vaart, I. Grigoriev, J. Larsen, L.B. Pedersen, K. Bezstarosti, M. Lince-Faria, J. Demmers, M.O. Steinmetz, T.J. Gibson, and A. Akhmanova. A Proteome-wide Screen for Mammalian SxIP Motif-Containing Microtubule Plus-End Tracking Proteins. Curr Biol, 2012.

  • van der Vaart, B., C. Manatschal, I. Grigoriev, V. Olieric, S.M. Gouveia, S. Bjelic, J. Demmers, I. Vorobjev, C.C. Hoogenraad, M.O. Steinmetz, and A. Akhmanova. SLAIN2 links microtubule plus end-tracking proteins and controls microtubule growth in interphase. J Cell Biol, 2011. 193(6): p. 1083-99.

  • Grigoriev, I., K.L. Yu, E. Martinez-Sanchez, A. Serra-Marques, I. Smal, E. Meijering, J. Demmers, J. Peranen, R.J. Pasterkamp, P. van der Sluijs, C.C. Hoogenraad, and A. Akhmanova. Rab6, Rab8, and MICAL3 cooperate in controlling docking and fusion of exocytotic carriers. Curr Biol, 2011. 21(11): p. 967-74.

  • Montenegro Gouveia, S., K. Leslie, L.C. Kapitein, R.M. Buey, I. Grigoriev, M. Wagenbach, I. Smal, E. Meijering, C.C. Hoogenraad, L. Wordeman, M.O. Steinmetz, and A. Akhmanova. In vitro reconstitution of the functional interplay between MCAK and EB3 at microtubule plus ends. Curr Biol, 2010. 20(19): p. 1717-22.

  • Jiang, K. and A. Akhmanova. Microtubule tip-interacting proteins: a view from both ends. Curr Opin Cell Biol, 2011. 23(1): p. 94-101.

  • Akhmanova, A. and J.A. Hammer, 3rd. Linking molecular motors to membrane cargo. Curr Opin Cell Biol, 2010. 22(4): p. 479-87.

  • Splinter, D., M.E. Tanenbaum, A. Lindqvist, D. Jaarsma, A. Flotho, K.L. Yu, I. Grigoriev, D. Engelsma, E.D. Haasdijk, N. Keijzer, J. Demmers, M. Fornerod, F. Melchior, C.C. Hoogenraad, R.H. Medema, and A. Akhmanova. Bicaudal D2, dynein, and kinesin-1 associate with nuclear pore complexes and regulate centrosome and nuclear positioning during mitotic entry. PLoS Biol, 2010. 8(4): p. e1000350.

  • Honnappa, S., S.M. Gouveia, A. Weisbrich, F.F. Damberger, N.S. Bhavesh, H. Jawhari, I. Grigoriev, F.J. van Rijssel, R.M. Buey, A. Lawera, I. Jelesarov, F.K. Winkler, K. Wuthrich, A. Akhmanova, and M.O. Steinmetz. An EB1-binding motif acts as a microtubule tip localization signal. Cell, 2009. 138(2): p. 366-76.

  • Akhmanova, A. and M.O. Steinmetz. Tracking the ends: a dynamic protein network controls the fate of microtubule tips. Nat Rev Mol Cell Biol, 2008. 9(4): p. 309-22.

  • Grigoriev, I., D. Splinter, N. Keijzer, P.S. Wulf, J. Demmers, T. Ohtsuka, M. Modesti, I.V. Maly, F. Grosveld, C.C. Hoogenraad, and A. Akhmanova. Rab6 regulates transport and targeting of exocytotic carriers. Dev Cell, 2007. 13(2): p. 305-14.

  • Lansbergen, G., I. Grigoriev, Y. Mimori-Kiyosue, T. Ohtsuka, S. Higa, I. Kitajima, J. Demmers, N. Galjart, A.B. Houtsmuller, F. Grosveld, and A. Akhmanova. CLASPs attach microtubule plus ends to the cell cortex through a complex with LL5beta. Dev Cell, 2006. 11(1): p. 21-32.

  • Akhmanova, A., C.C. Hoogenraad, K. Drabek, T. Stepanova, B. Dortland, T. Verkerk, W. Vermeulen, B.M. Burgering, C.I. De Zeeuw, F. Grosveld, and N. Galjart. Clasps are CLIP-115 and -170 associating proteins involved in the regional regulation of microtubule dynamics in motile fibroblasts. Cell, 2001. 104(6): p. 923-35.

  • Akhmanova, A., F. Voncken, T. van Alen, A. van Hoek, B. Boxma, G. Vogels, M. Veenhuis, and J.H. Hackstein. A hydrogenosome with a genome. Nature, 1998. 396(6711): p. 527-8.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

  • Regulation of mammary epithelial morphogenesis by microtubule plus-end tracking proteins

  • Mechanisms and functions of microtubule plus end tracking proteins in mammalian cells: development of inhibitory strategies.

  • Rab6-dependent exocytosis: role in cell polarization and characterization of transport and fusion machinery. (supervisor)

  • Molecular mechanisms of bi-directional microtubule-based transport (PI)

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • Elected member, European Molecular Biology Organization

  • Chair of the Board, Netherlands Society for Microscopy

  • Member of the FACULTY F1000 Cell Biology

  • Past national/international committee memberships

  • Netherlands Organization for Scientific Research: panel member "Mosaic" programme

  • Dutch Foundation for Fundamental Research of Matter (FOM): Jury member

  • Grant Panel member for the European Commission FP7, ERC Starting Grant, Agence Nationale de la Recherche France, and Academy of Finland


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