Dr. Clarisse van der Feltz

Assistant Professor
Biology, Biochemistry

PhD Biophysics, Brandeis University, 2015
M.S. Biochemistry, Leiden University, 2009
B.S. Chemistry, Leiden University, 2008


With an interest in biology and chemistry and with dual nationality, I moved to the Netherlands in 2001 to spend more time with my Dutch family and attend Leiden University. I spent a year taking Dutch language and culture courses before starting my chemistry degree. Having grown up mostly in the US and having been homeschooled, I grew a lot during that time both in my world perspective and faith. My personal relationship with the Lord, that He graciously grants us, became more personal, more mature. Academically, my interest in life’s complexities led me to complete a masters in biochemistry in 2009. During my masters, I came back to the US through an exchange program and thoroughly enjoyed working at the undergraduate college. I decided to move back to the US for my PhD to pursue an academic position sharing the knowledge I had gathered and research into the biochemical processes that drive life. I am excited to be able to do that here at NU and to walk alongside so many fellow believers.

Courses taught

Cell Biology


Kaur H*, van der Feltz C*, Sun Y, and Hoskins AA. Network Theory Reveals Principles of Spliceosome Structure and Dynamics (2021) Structure, in press *Co-first authors

van der Feltz, C.,Nikolai, B., Schneider, C., Paulson, J. C., Fu, X., Hoskins AA. Saccharomyces cerevisiae Ecm2 Modulates the Catalytic Steps of pre-mRNA Splicing. (2021) RNA Feb 5;27(5):591-603. doi: 10.1261/rna.077727.120.

van der Feltz C, Hoskins AA. Structural and Functional Modularity of the U2 snRNP in pre-mRNA Splicing. (2019) Critical Reviews in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. doi: 10.1080/10409238.2019.1691497

Beier DH, Carrocci TJ, van der Feltz C, Tretbar US, Paulson JC, Grabowski N, Hoskins AA. Dynamics of the DEAD-box ATPase Prp5 RecA-like domains provide a conformational switch during spliceosome assembly. (2019) Nucleic Acids Res. doi: 10.1093/nar/gkz765

van der Feltz C, DeHaven AC, Hoskins AA. Stress-induced Pseudouridylation Alters the Structural Equilibrium of Yeast U2 snRNA Stem II. (2018) J Mol Biol. 430 doi: 10.1016/j.jmb.2017.10.021 PMID: 29079482

van der Feltz C,Hoskins AA. Methodologies for studying the spliceosome’s RNA dynamics with single-molecule FRET. (2017) Methods. 125:45 PMCID: PMC5546994

van der Feltz C, Pomeranz Krummel D. Purification of Native Complexes for Structural Study Using Tandem Affinity Tag Method. (2016) J Vis Exp. 113: doi:10.3791/54389 PMID: 27501074

van der Feltz C, Anthony K, Brilot A, & Pomeranz Krummel DA. Architecture of the spliceosome. (2012) Biochemistry, 51, 3321-3333

de Geus, D C, Thomassen, EA, van der Feltz, C L and J P Abrahams. Cloning, expression, purification, crystallization and preliminary X-ray diffraction analysis of chlorite dismutase: a detoxifying enzyme producing molecular oxygen. (2008) Acta Crystallogr Sect F Struct Biol Cryst Commun. 64(Pt 8), 730-2

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