Reinout Stoop studied Biology at the University of Utrecht. He did his Ph.D. on collagen degradation during osteo- and rheumatoid arthritis at the Radboud University Nijmegen. Subsequently he obtained a position first as Lecturer and later as assistant Professor at the Department of Orthopedics at Rush Presbytarian and St. Luke's Medical Center in Chicago, working on the role of CD44 in lymphocyte trafficking during arthritis. In 2001 he became Head of the department of Cell Biology at the Natural and Medical Science Institute in Reutlingen, Germany, focusing on the development and testing of biomaterials for cartilage tissue engineering and their subsequent transfer to the clinic. Since 2007, Reinout is a Senior Scientist at the Department of Metabolic Health Research at TNO in Leiden and heading the fibrosis research within this department, focusing on novel models and read-outs for fibrosis.
Contact: Department of Metabolic Health Research, TNO.
Postal address: Zernikedreef 9, 2333CK Leiden, the Netherlands
Phone: +31 88 86 66 129
Yvonne Bastiaansen-Jenniskens studied Biomedical Sciences in Nijmegen, the Netherlands. Afterwards, she worked as PhD student at TNO Quality of Life and the department of Orthopedics, Erasmus MC University Medical Center Rotterdam. Currently, she works as an assistant professor in the 'Connective Tissue Cells and Repair Group' of the department of Orthopaedics, Erasmus MC, Rotterdam. The main focus of her research is the involvement of macrophages in orthopaedic (related) subjects; the response of macrophages from healthy and diseased individuals to biomaterials, the interaction between macrophages and mesenchymal stem cells for tissue repair, and the involvement of macrophages in osteoarthritic processes and cartilage repair. She received a Veni grant from NWO/STW in 2011.
Special interests: cartilage, synovium, osteoarthritis, macrophages, collagen, collagen cross-linking
Contact: Department of Orthopedics Ee1651b, Erasmus MC University Medical Center.
Postal address: Wytemaweg 80, 3015 CN Rotterdam, The Netherlands.
Phone: +31 (0) 107044626
Marjolein Blaauboer studied Human Movement Sciences at the VU University and afterwards decided to specialize herself via Master studies in Cell Biology. After this, she did her PhD project on cell matrix interactions in lung fibrosis at the Department of Oral Cell Biology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA) in a collaboration with TNO Metabolic Health Research in Leiden. Since 2013 she is working as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Orthopedic Surgery at the VU University Medical Center on the role of mechanics in morphogenesis during embryonic development.
Contact: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, VU University Medical Center
Postal address: Room 11N33, Gustav Mahlerlaan 3004, 1081 LA Amsterdam
Phone: +31 (0) 20 5980875
Yolande Ramos studied Medical Biology at the VU University. She performed a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology on the p53 tumor suppressor protein and its interaction with MDMX (Leiden University), and in Molecular Epidemiology aiming at the implementation of functional genomics in osteoarthritis (LUMC). Since 2016 she is working as an assistant professor in the 'Osteoarthritis Group' of the department of Molecular Epidemiology at the LUMC, Leiden. Her research is focused on increasing knowledge of the etiology of osteoarthritis and the identification of biomarkers that may contribute to distinguish subtypes of osteoarthritis and patients prone to fast progression.
Contact: Department of Molecular Epidemiology, Leiden University Medical Center
Postal address: Postzone S05-P, Room T05-46, Einthovenweg 20, 2333 ZC Leiden
Phone: +31 (0) 71 5269744