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Joriene C. De Nooij, PhD

  • Assistant Professor of Neurological Sciences (in Neurology)
  • CTNI Scholar
Joriene C. De Nooij, PhD

Research in my laboratory is aimed at understanding the molecular and cellular basis of the proprioceptive sensory system, which is critical for normal motor behavior. Specifically, we are interested in delineating the molecular correlates of the main proprioceptor subtypes (group Ia and II muscle spindle afferents and group Ib Golgi tendon afferents), and how each of these subclasses contribute in generating coordinated motor output. Using the mouse as a model system, we employ molecular (including single cell RNAseq), genetic, and viral strategies, to define the molecules that drive proprioceptor subtype specification, map the proprioceptive connectivity patterns in spinal cord, and to assess the behavioral consequences of the loss of proprioceptors through genetic (proprioceptor) inactivation studies.

An additional, and increasingly important, focus of my laboratory is our work on developing protocols to derive somatic sensory neurons - including proprioceptors - from human embryonic stem cells (ESCs) and induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs). The goal of these efforts is to develop in vitro model systems for sensory neuropathies such as Friedreich ataxia (FA) or chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy (CIPN) – devastating disorders for which there is no cure and which are in desperate need of new model systems that permit high throughput screening approaches. Leveraging our in vitro ESC/iPSC model systems with our in vivo mouse models, we seek to advance our understanding of proprioceptor development and function in normal, as well as in neuropathological conditions.

Departmental Appointments

  • Department of Neurology

Languages Spoken

(in addition to English)

  • Dutch

Education & Training

  • PhD, 1998 Utrecht University (Netherlands)

Centers/Institutes/Programs

  • Columbia Stem Cell Initiative

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Lab Locations

  • College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S)

    630 West 168th Street
    Room 4-447 (office), Room 4-401 (lab)
    New York, NY 10032
    Phone:
    (212) 305-3624
    Lab Phone:
    (212) 305-1633
    Email:
    sd382@cumc.columbia.edu

Contact Info

  • Office Phone: (212) 305-3624

Past Positions

July 2006 - February 2017   Associate Research Scientist, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University.

May 1999 - June 2006    Postdoctoral Scholar, Department of Biochemistry and Molecular Biophysics, Columbia University.

Committees/Societies/Memberships

Society for Neuroscience

Honors & Awards

2015-2017       TFFI Innovation award (together with Hynek Wicherle, Joachim Scholz, Ellen Lumpkin)               

2000-2003       Fellow of the Helen Hay Whitney Foundation.

Research Interests

  • Proprioception (proprioceptor development, circuitry, role in motor control)
  • Motor control
  • Derivation of somatic sensory neurons from ESCs/iPSCs
  • Sensory neuropathy (CIPN, Friedreich Ataxia)

NIH Grants

  • NEUROTROPHIN 3 AND REGULATION OF PROPRIOCEPTOR SUBTYPE IDENTITY AND CONNECTIVITY (Federal Gov)

    Sep 30 2014 - Aug 31 2016

    RANDOM CIRCUITS AND REPRESENTATIONS WITHIN STRUCTURED BRAIN AND SPINAL CORD REGIONS SUPPORT FLEXIBLE BEHAVIORS (Private)

    Feb 1 2014 - Jan 31 2016

    GENETIC & GENE SPLICING, IPS DISEASE MODELING & DRUG SCREENING, AND MOTOR NEURON & GLIAL SIGNALING (Private)

    Jan 1 2010 - Jun 30 2013

Publications

Woo, S.-H., Lukacs, V., de Nooij, J.C., Zaytseva, D., Criddle, C.R., Francisco, A., Jessell, T.M., Wilkinson, K.A., and Patapoutian, A. Piezo2 is the principal mechanotransduction channel for proprioception. Nat Neurosci. 18:1756-1762, 2015.

De Nooij, J.C., Simon, C.M., Simon, A., Doobar, S., Steel, K.P., Banks, R.W., Mentis, G.Z., Bewick, G.S., and Jessell, T.M. The PDZ-domain protein Whirlin facilitates mechanosensory signaling in mammalian proprioceptors. J. Neurosc., 35: 3073-3084, 2015.

De Nooij, J.C., Doobar, S., and Jessell, T.M. Etv1 inactivation reveals proprioceptor subclasses that reflect the level of NT3 expression in muscle targets. Neuron 77:1055-1068, 2013.

Chen, A.I., de Nooij, J.C., and Jessell, T.M. Graded activity of transcription factor Runx3 specifies the laminar termination pattern of sensory axons in the developing spinal cord. Neuron 49: 395-408, 2006.

Kramer, I., Sigrist, M., de Nooij, J.C., Taniuchi, I., Jessell, T.M., and Arber, S. A role for Runx transcription factor signaling in dorsal root ganglion sensory neuron diversification. Neuron 49: 379-393, 2006.

Chen, C.L., Broom, D.C., Liu, Y., de Nooij, J.C., Li, Z., Cen , C., Samad, O.A., Jessell, T.M., Woolf, C.J., and Ma, Q. Runx1 determines nociceptive sensory neuron phenotype and is required for thermal and neuropathic pain. Neuron 49: 365-377, 2006.

For a complete list of publications, please visit PubMed.gov