Bas Boukens, PHD


Research Scientist

Bas J Boukens was born in Hoorn on december 7, 1982. After studying Biomedical at the University of Utrecht, he started to work on his PhD-thesis at the Heart Failure Research Center, University of Amsterdam. He defended his thesis with honours in 2012. He first worked as postdoctoral researcher at the department of Anatomy, Embryology and Physiology, University of Amsterdam in early 2013 and afterwards at the biomedical engineering department of the Washington university (St Louis, USA) and George Washington University (DC, USA) in the lab of Prof. Dr. Igor Efimov (2013-2015).

Currently, Dr. Boukens is the assistant professor at the department of Anatomy, Embryology and Physiology, University of Amsterdam. The goal of his research is to understand developmental and molecular aspects of arrhythmias.


  • Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Universiteit Utrecht (2007)
  • Ph.D. from Academic Medical Center (2012)
  • Postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis (2013-2014)

Faculty Appointments:

  • Visiting Professor George Washington University (2015)
  • Academic Medical Center (2015-Present)
Contact Information
Recent Publications
  • Boukens BJ, Sulkin MS, Gloschat CR, Ng FS, Vigmond EJ, Efimov IR. Transmural APD gradient synchronizes repolarization in the human left ventricular wall. Cardiovasc Res. 2015 Oct 1;108(1):188-96. doi: 10.1093/cvr/cvv202. Epub 2015 Jul 24. PMID: 26209251. [PubMed]
  • Boukens BJ, Sylva M, de Gier-de Vries C, Remme CA, Bezzina C, Christoffels VM, Coronel R. Reduced sodium channel function unmasks residual embryonic slow conduction in the adult right ventricular outflow tract. Circ Res. 2013 Jul 5;113(2):137-41. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.113.301565. Epub 2013 May 9. PMID: 23661717. [PubMed]
  • Aanhaanen WT*,Boukens BJ*, Sizarov A, Wakker V, de Gier-de Vries C, van Ginneken AC, Moorman AF, Coronel R, Christoffels VM. Defective Tbx2-dependent patterning of the atrioventricular canal myocardium causes accessory pathway formation in mice. J Clin Invest.2011 Feb;121(2):534-44. doi: 10.1172/JCI44350. Epub 2011 Jan 25. [PubMed]
    *Contributed equally
  • Boukens BJ, Christoffels VM, Coronel R, Moorman AF. Developmental basis for electrophysiological heterogeneity in the ventricular and outflow tract myocardium as a substrate for life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias. Circ Res. 2009 Jan 2;104(1):19-31. doi: 10.1161/CIRCRESAHA.108.188698. [PubMed]