Originally from the Netherlands, Dr. Marieke Rozendaal obtained her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Biomedical Sciences from the University of Amsterdam.


In 2005 she moved to Montreal to start her Ph.D. studies in Biochemistry at the University of Montreal under the supervision of Dr. Sylvie Mader at IRIC. Her main focus was on characterizing the anti-proliferative response to retinoic acid in breast cancer cells, using gene expression microarrays as well as gene overexpression and knock-down in cell culture models.


After finishing her Ph.D. in 2011, Marieke spent a year and a half at Stanford University, working as a postdoc in Dr. Aaron Straight’s lab, studying centromere formation and function.


She then came back to work in Dr. Mader’s lab as a Research Assistant for four years, during which time she was responsible for a project using Next-Generation Sequencing to identify new biomarkers to better predict response to treatment in breast cancer patients.


After holding research assistant positions at the CR-CHUM and McGill University, Marieke joined the Smith lab in January 2020 as Research Associate/Lab Manager. 


When she’s not in the lab, Marieke enjoys spending time outdoors. Chances are you’ll find her hiking, cycling, camping, skiing or snowshoeing, depending on the season. She also enjoys creating, especially crocheting or sewing, and taking care of her indoor jungle.