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Joyce van de Leemput, PhD

Academic Title:

Research Associate

Primary Appointment:



670 West Baltimore Street, HSFIII 4183

Phone (Primary):

(410) 706-0500

Education and Training

  • University of Professional Education, Nijmegen, Netherlands, BS, Biochemistry, 2001
  • University of Professional Education, Nijmegen, Netherlands, BS, Biotechnology, 2001
  • vrije University Amsterdam, Netherlands, MS, Neurosciences, 2004
  • University College London, United Kingdom, PhD, 2009, Neurogenetics
  • National Institute on Aging, Bethesda MD, 2009, PhD fellowship, Neurogenetics
  • Neural Stem Cell Institute, Rensselaer (NY), postdoctoral study, cortical development 2013
  • University of California, San Diego, Sand Diego (CA), postdoctoral study, cortical development & neuropsychiatry, 2015


Dr. van de Leemput (she/her) is the Scientific Writer at the Center for Precision Disease Modeling, University of Maryland School of Medicine. There she works with the scientists to transform their findings into scientific publications. Besides being responsible for manuscripts, she also assists in writing funding applications including literature research, drafts, and writing supporting documents. To be most effective, she actively participates in lab meetings and utilizes her previous research experiences, which include disease-related genetics in humans, dogs, and animal models, neurogenetics (ataxic movement disorders and neuropsychiatric disorders), genomics, transcriptomics, and using human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived neurons and astrocytes to model cortical development and disease. Since working at the Center, this has expanded to include human disease modeling in Drosophila, with a focus on genetic heart and kidney diseases.

Research/Clinical Keywords

scientific writing and editing; Drosophila, human precision disease models; neurosciences, neurogenetics, transcriptomics, human brain development, neurons, astrocytes, human induced pluripotent stem (iPS) cells

Highlighted Publications

Huang X, Fu Y, Lee H, Zhao Y, Yang W, van de Leemput J, Han Z | Single-cell profiling of the developing embryonic heart in Drosophila | Development. 2023:dev.201936 | PMID: 37526610

van de Leemput J, Wen P, Han Z | Using Drosophila nephrocytes to understand the formation and maintenance of the podocyte slit diaphragm | Front Cell Dev Biol. 2022;10:837828 | PMID: 35265622

van de Leemput J*, Boles NC*, Kiehl TR, Corneo B, Lederman P, Menon V, Lee C, Martinez RA, Levi BP, Thompson CL, Yao S, Kaykas A, Temple S, Fasano CA (* co-first authors) | CORTECON: A temporal transcriptome analysis of in vitro human cerebral cortex development from human embryonic stem cells | Neuron, 2014; 83(1): 51-68| PMID: 24991954

van de Leemput J*, Chandran J*, Knight MA, Holtzclaw LA, Scholz S, Cookson MR, Houlden H, Gwinn- Hardy K, Fung H-C, Lin X, Hernandez D, Simon-Sanchez J, Wood NW, Giunti P, Rafferty I, Hardy J, Storey E, Gardner RJM, Forrest SM, Fisher EMC, Russell JT, Cai H, Singleton AB (* co-first authors) | Deletion at ITPR1 underlies ataxia in mice and spinocerebellar ataxia 15 in humans | PLoS Genetics, 2007; 3(6): e108. doi:10.1371/journal.pgen.0030108 | PMID: 17590087