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Biosafety Expert
Record information and status
Record ID
Date of creation
2021-02-22 17:17 UTC (marco.gielkens@rivm.nl)
Date of publication
2021-02-22 21:52 UTC (anastasia.beliaeva@cbd.int)

General information
Nominating Government
  • Netherlands
Profile of the Expert
Marco Gielkens has been active in the Netherlands since 2000, as expert on LMO regulations and of LMO risk assessment. He is an senior risk assessor in the GMO Office, which is part of the Ministry of the Environment, the CA for environmental LMO issues (2001/18/EC and 2009/41/EC). He is responsible for the risk assessment of field trials and commercial release with GM plants and acts coordinator for the licensing of gene therapy applications. He functions as a scientific expert for the Ministry of the Environment for all aspects concerning environmental risk assessment of GM plants and gene therapy.
He is also head of delegation for the OECD Working Party on Harmonization Regulatory Oversight in Biotechnology. In the past he was  part of several technical working groups of the European Commission, member of the scientific committee of several research projects.
Finally he is designated as National Focal Point for the BCH.
Personal Information
Dr Marco Gielkens
PO Box 1
Netherlands, 3720BA
Phone:+31 30 274 4179
  • Male
  • Netherlander
Date of birth
Place of birth
Current employment
Employer / Organization
National Institute of Public Health and the Environment
Type of organization
  • Government agency
Department / Division / Unit
VSP/ GMO Office
Start date
Main responsibilities
Risk assessment of plant and gene therapy, scientific expert
Employment history
Countries or regions where you have worked
  • Netherlands
Previous employment
Employer / Organization
Wageningen Agricultural University
Start date
Ending date
Type of organization
  • Academic or research institute
Main areas of responsibility
Molecular-genetical analysis and physiological analysis of ABC transporters of the wheat pathogen Mycosphaerella graminicola which function as protectants against biotic and xenobiotic toxic compounds.
Formal education
First Degree or other academic distinction and subject
Example: B.Sc. in Microbiology
M.Sc. in agricultural sciences, specialization biotechnology
Name of academic institution
Wageningen Agricultural University
Start date
Ending date
Formal education
Second Degree or other academic distinction and the subject
Example: M.Sc. in Microbiology
PH.D. in Agricultural Sciences, Molecular genetics of industrial fungi.
Name of academic institution
Wageningen Agricultural University
Start date
Ending date
Other professional qualifications
List of other relevant professional qualifications
biotechnology, molecular genetics of industrial and phytopathogenic fungi
Areas of Expertise
Main areas of expertise
  • Risk assessment
  • Risk management
  • Biotechnology
  • Environmental impact assessment
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Molecular biology
  • Risk research
  • Surveillance
  • Synthetic biology
List most important publications related to the expert main field of expertise.
Gielkens, M.M.C., Dekkers, E., Visser, J. &de Graaff, L.H., 198,  Two cellobiohydrolase-encoding genes from Aspergillus niger require D-xylose and the xylanolytic transcriptional activator XlnR for their expression, Appl Environ Microbiol; 65(10):4340-5
List of other publications
Romeis, R., D Bartsch, F Bigler, MP Candolfi, MMC Gielkens, SE Hartley, RL Hellmich, JE Huesing, PC Jepson, R Layton, H Quemada, A Raybould, RI Rose, J Schiemann, MK Sears, AM Shelton, J Sweet, Z Vaituzis & JD Wolt, 2008, Moving through the tiered and methodological framework for non-target arthropod risk assessment of transgenic insecticidal crops. Nature Biotechnology, 26(2):203-208.
K Carstens, J Anderson, P Bachman, A de Schrijver, G Dively, B Federici, M Hamer, M Gielkens, P Jensen, W Lamp, S Rauschen, G Ridley, J Romeis, A Waggoner, 2011, Genetically modified crops and aquatic ecosystems: considerations for environmental risk assessment and non-target organism testing. Transgenic Research, DOI 10.1007/s11248-011-9569-8
O. Sanvido, J Romeis, A Gathmann, M Gielkens, A Raybould & F Bigler, 2012, Evaluating environmental risks of genetically modified crops: ecological harm criteria for regulatory decision-making. Environmental Science & Policy, vol. 15: 82-91.
D Bartsch, F Bigler, P Castanera, A Gathmann, M Gielkens, S Hartley, K Lheureux, S Renckens, J Schiemann, J Sweet & R Wilhelm, 2006, The EFSA opinion on post market environmental monitoring of GM plants. Journal für Verbraucherschutz und Lebensmittelsicherheit, Vol. 1 Suppl. 1: 15-20.
Awards and Professional Memberships
Professional memberships
International Society for Biosafety Research (ISBR)
Language proficiency
"A" = Excellent, "B" = Good, "C" = Fair
Mother Tongue
  • Dutch
Speaking / Level (A B C)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
Reading / Level (A B C)
  • Dutch
  • English
  • German
Writing / Level (A B C)
  • Dutch
  • English
dr Boet Glandorf
senior risk assessor
GMO Office
National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)
P.O. Box 1
Netherlands, 3720 BA
Phone:+31 30 274 4176
dr. Mijntje Aarts
Senior Policy Officer
Directorate for Safety and Risks
Ministry of Infrastructure and Water Management (IenW)
PO Box 20951
The Hague
Netherlands, 2500EX
Phone:+31 6 25 68 44 18