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Research interests

My research focus has been investigating the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in cardiovascular physiology. During my Ph.D. I studied the role of the glycocalyx in the coronary microcirculation. After graduation, I continued my career in the USA where my research was focused on rebuilding the glycocalyx after ischemia-reperfusion (such as seen after epicardial coronary artery reperfusion by percutaneous coronary intervention) and treatment of microvascular micro-embolization using microbubbles and long-tone-burst ultrasound. In a second postdoc position, I expanded my skillset by mastering cell biology. Next, I became a faculty member at the Department of Medicine. My research was to determine the role of the endothelial glycocalyx in the increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life after adverse pregnancy outcomes. It included basic and translational studies of the glycocalyx and ultrasound imaging of the heart to measure microvascular perfusion using ultrasound. 

Education/Academic qualification

PhD, Maastricht University

1 May 200431 Oct 2010

Award Date: 31 Oct 2008

Master, Eindhoven University of Technology

Sep 19986 Feb 2004

Award Date: 6 Feb 2004


  • QP Physiology
  • Cardiovascular
  • Glycocalyx
  • Biomedical
  • Pregnancy
  • Ultrasound


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