Roland Kanaar

Titels Prof. dr.
Initials R.
Main position Groepsleider
Disciplines Oncology
  Histology, cell biology
Chair Moleculaire stralengenetica
Division Science Division
Section Biology Section
Membership Member
Since 2013
Member of Adviescommissie Ammodo KNAW Awards (Biomedical Sciences)
Employed by Erasmus MC, University Medical Center Rotterdam
Dept. of Genetics, Dept. of Radiation Oncology
Postbus 2040
3000 CA Rotterdam
tel.  010 704 3168
Personal website


Roland Kanaar has made an important contribution to our understanding of genetic stability in relation to cancer and congenital disorders. In his research, he investigates the process of DNA damage and recovery at all levels. Cells can repair quite a lot of damage; unfortunately, they also repair damage to tumours induced by radiation therapy. Kanaar recently demonstrated that one of the DNA repair systems is deactivated when a tumour is heated to 42 degrees Celsius. Combined with medication, this may offer certain cancer sufferers an effective new treatment.