Gerry Nicolaes

Associate professor

Dr Gerry Nicolaes received a Masters’ degree in Chemistry from the Utrecht University with majors in clinical chemistry, biochemistry and protein engineering and enzymology. He obtained a PhD from the Maastricht University on the regulation of thrombin formation in normal and hypercoagulable plasma (with Prof. H.C. Hemker) and later spent several years at the laboratory of Prof. B. Dahlbäck at the Lund University (Sweden), focussing on the use of molecular biological technologies in blood coagulation research.

Dr Nicolaes received a Vidi grant by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) to establish a research line that uses structural bioinformatics to rationally approach the structure-function study of proteins involved in coagulation and inflammation. In addition to protein structure-function research, in recent years, in silico drug design and optimisation of biologically active molecules for use in therapy or diagnosis has become one of the major research focusses.

His research interests are within the fields of thrombosis and haemostasis, and in particular on the overlap with the fields of inflammation and atherosclerosis. In this respect, extracellular histones and their role in systemic inflammatory disease and sepsis have evolved into a major research focus.

He is the president of the Netherlands Society on Biomolecular Modelling.

Dr Nicolaes has published more than 80 peer reviewed research papers, has been a co-promotor of 7 successful PhD students and currently supervises 7 more PhD students. He is inventor of several granted patents.

Department of Biochemistry
Universiteitsingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 4.352

  • 2021
    • Huckriede, J., de Vries, F., Hultstroem, M., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C., Lipcsey, M., de Frutos, P. G., Frithiof, R., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Histone H3 Cleavage in Severe COVID-19 ICU Patients. Frontiers in Cellular and Infection Microbiology, 11, [694186]. https://doi.org/10.3389/fcimb.2021.694186
    • Huckriede, J., Anderberg, S. B., Morales, A., de Vries, F., Hultstrom, M., Bergqvist, A., Ortiz-Perez, J. T., Sels, J. W., Wichapong, K., Lipcsey, M., van de Poll, M., Larsson, A., Luther, T., Reutelingsperger, C., Garcia de Frutos, P., Frithiof, R., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Evolution of NETosis markers and DAMPs have prognostic value in critically ill COVID-19 patients. Scientific Reports, 11(1), [15701]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-021-95209-x
    • Liu, X., Arfman, T., Wichapong, K., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., Voorberg, J., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). PAD4 takes charge during neutrophil activation: Impact of PAD4 mediated NET formation on immune-mediated disease. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 19(7), 1607-1617. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.15313
    • Maag, A., Sharma, P., Schuijt, T. J., Kopatz, W. F., Kruijswijk, D., Marquart, J. A., van Der Poll, T., Hackeng, T. M., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Meijers, J. C. M., Bos, M. H. A., & van 't Veer, C. (2021). Structure-function of anticoagulant TIX-5, the inhibitor of factor Xa-mediated FV activation. Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis, 19(7), 1697-1708. https://doi.org/10.1111/jth.15329
    • Ercig, B., Gomes Graca, N. A., Kangro, K., Arfman, T., Wichapong, K., Hrdinova, J., Kaijen, P., van Alphen, F., van den Biggelaar, M., Vanhoorelbeke, K., Veyradier, A., Coppo, P., Reutelingsperger, C., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Männik, A., & Voorberg, J. (2021). N-glycan mediated shielding of ADAMTS13 prevents binding of pathogenic autoantibodies in immune-mediated TTP. Blood, 137(19), 2694-2698. https://doi.org/10.1182/blood.2020007972
    • Liu, X., Wichapong, K., Lamers, S., Reutelingsperger, C. P. M., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Autocitrullination of PAD4 does not alter its enzymatic activity: In vitro and in silico studies. International Journal of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, 134, 105938. [105938]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.biocel.2021.105938
    • Morales, A., Rojo Rello, S., Cristobal, H., Fiz-Lopez, A., Arribas, E., Mari, M., Tutusaus, A., de la Cal-Sabater, P., Nicolaes, G. A. F., Ortiz-Perez, J. T., Bernardo, D., & Garcia de Frutos, P. (2021). Growth Arrest-Specific Factor 6 (GAS6) Is Increased in COVID-19 Patients and Predicts Clinical Outcome. Biomedicines, 9(4), [335]. https://doi.org/10.3390/biomedicines9040335
    • Schumski, A., Ortega-Gómez, A., Wichapong, K., Winter, C., Lemnitzer, P., Viola, J. R., Pinilla-Vera, M., Folco, E., Solis-Mezarino, V., Völker-Albert, M., Maas, S. L., Pan, C., Perez Olivares, L., Winter, J., Hackeng, T., Karlsson, M. C. I., Zeller, T., Imhof, A., Baron, R. M., ... Soehnlein, O. (2021). Endotoxinemia Accelerates Atherosclerosis Through Electrostatic Charge-Mediated Monocyte Adhesion. Circulation, 143(3), 254-266. https://doi.org/10.1161/circulationaha.120.046677
    • Wichapong, K., Silvestre-Roig, C., Braster, Q., Schumski, A., Soehnlein, O., & Nicolaes, G. A. F. (2021). Structure-based peptide design targeting intrinsically disordered proteins: Novel histone H4 and H2A peptidic inhibitors. Computational and Structural Biotechnology Journal, 19, 934-948. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.csbj.2021.01.026
  • 2020
    • Busch, M. H., Timmermans, S. A. M. E. G., Nagy, M., Visser, M., Huckriede, J., Aendekerk, J. P., de Vries, F., Potjewijd, J., Jallah, B., Ysermans, R., Oude Lashof, A. M. L., Breedveld, P. H., van de Poll, M. C. G., van de Horst, I. C. C., van Bussel, B. C. T., Theunissen, R. O. M. F. I. H., Spronk, H. M. H., Damoiseaux, J. G. M. C., ten Cate, H., ... van Paassen, P. (2020). Neutrophils and Contact Activation of Coagulation as Potential Drivers of COVID-19. Circulation, 142(18), 1787-1790. https://doi.org/10.1161/CIRCULATIONAHA.120.050656