Martine JAGER (Netherlands)

Dr Martine J. Jager is head of the Laboratory of Ophthalmology at Leiden University, The Netherlands. She received her MD degree and PhD in immunology from Leiden University, did her residency in Ophthalmology at the University of Amsterdam, and a research and clinical Cornea and ocular surface disease fellowship at the Bascom Palmer Eye Institute in Miami. She is a frequent visitor at the Schepens Eye Research institute, Boston, where she holds a position as adjunct scientist.

Her research interests are immunology and development of uveal melanoma, and ocular surface diseases, on which subjects she has published over 150 peer-reviewed papers as well as over 20 book chapters. She is reviewer for many ophthalmological journals, and is a member of the Editorial Board of Investigative Ophthalmology and Visual Science, among others.

She mentors medical students (now over 75) and postdoctoral fellows (over 15), in the Netherlands as well as abroad. One of her self-appointed jobs is helping students to gain experience by studying in another country. She has lectured worldwide, and has been principal investigator on numerous grants dealing with the development and immunology of uveal melanoma. Many projects involve international collaborations.

Dr Jager has served as President of the Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology (ARVO), is currently a Board member of the International Society of Ocular Oncology (ISOO), and of the European Association for Vision and Eye Research (EVER), Chairman of the Council of ARVO chapters, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the International Council of Ophthalmology. In 2011, she was elected member of the Academia Ophthalmologica Internationalis.