Hedwich Kuipers

Assistant Professor

Clinical Neurosciences

Cell Biology & Anatomy

Full Member

Hotchkiss Brain Institute

Ph.D. (Doctor of Philosophy)

M.Sc. (Master of Science)

Contact information


Office : HMRB179

Research and teaching

Research areas

  • Multiple Sclerosis
  • neuroinflammatory diseases
  • interaction of immune & resident cells in the central nervous system

Research activities

The general interest of my lab is in neuroinflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) and trying to understand the interaction between immune cells entering the central nervous system (CNS) and its resident cells. The main focus is on astrocytes, a cell type in the CNS, whose role in neuroinflammatory diseases is much overlooked. We have shown before that these cells, which are the most abundant cell type in the brain, can release factors that help immune cells infiltrate into CNS tissue. We are currently investigating how astrocytes interact with these immune cells and how they shape their responses, using molecular and cell biology approaches, as well as animal models of MS. 



The Snyder Institute for Chronic Diseases




The Stanford Institute for Immunity, Transplantation and Infection (ITI) Young Investigator Award - 2016

Federation of Clinical Immunology Societies (FOCIS) Distinguished Poster Award - 2015

FOCIS Travel Grant - 2015