Curriculum Vitae Michiel Pegtel obtained a master's degree in biology from Groningen University while trained by Prof J.J. Letterio in immunology/oncology at the National Cancer Institute (NCI/NIH). Michiel obtained his PhD degree from Tufts University in Boston in viral oncology supervised by Prof. D. Thorley-Lawson and in collaboration with Prof. T. Golub (MIT/Harvard). Next he moved to the Netherlands Cancer Institute (Amsterdam, The Netherlands) for post-doctoral training in cell polarity and cancer metastasis in the laboratory of Dr. J. Collard. Currently, Michiel is assistant professor at the VU university medical center (Amsterdam) leading investigations how and why cancerous cells release genetic material via small vesicles called exosomes. The aim of the laboratory is to translate this knowledge into practical methods for non-invasive cancer diagnosis.