SLUIJTER LAB

Experimental Cardiology Laboratory 
Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht and Circulatory Health Laboratory 

University Medical Center Utrecht, University Utrecht, The Netherlands

The Sluijter lab is a multi-disciplinary research team that focuses on stimulating cardiac repair upon myocardial damage. With technologies, ranging from molecular insights, advanced multi-cellular cell models, and clinically relevant animal models, they try to understand the pathophysiologic mechanisms, enhance delivery technologies and stimulate the heart towards a more regenerative state.

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"UNCONDITIONAL COOPERATION IS CRUCIAL FOR BETTER INNOVATIONS"

"THE 'HEART COLLECTIVE' IS MULTIDISCIPLINARY"

"NATURAL PROCESSES CAN TEACH US HOW TO USE THEM OPTIMALLY"

"SCIENTIFIC PLANNING CAN BE A DEATH BLOW FOR TRUE INNOVATION

 
 

RESEARCH AREAS

CELL TRANSPLANTATION

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EXTRACELLULAR VESICLE-INSPIRED THERAPY

AUTO-IMMUNITY IN HEART FAILURE

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3D ENGINEERING AND DISEASE MODELLING

TARGETING ENDOGENOUS REPAIR

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RESEARCH TEAM

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PROF. DR. JOOST SLUIJTER

Professor Cellular and Translational Cardiology

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INGRID MEIJER

Project Coordinator

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DR. SASKIA DE JAGER

Associate Professor
Cardiovascular Immunology | Biomarkers | Preclinical models

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DR. LINDA VAN LAAKE

Cardiologist, Associate Professor
Heart Failure | Circadian Rhythms

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DR. ALAIN VAN MI

Assistant Professor

Regenerative medicine | Cardiac tissue engineering | Advanced in vitro models for CVD

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DR. PIETER VADER

Assistant Professor
Extracellular Vesicles | Nanomedicine | RNA transfer

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DR. ZHIYONG LEI

Assistant Professor
Molecular Biology | modRNA | Therapeutic delivery

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DR. ELISE KESSLER

Postdoctoral Researcher
Multicellular models | Sex differences | Diastolic Failure

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DR. KLAUS NEEF

Postdoctoral Researcher
Translational Cardiology | Large animal models for heart failure and arrhytmias

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INGE DOKTER

Head Technician
location RMCU

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MARK DANIELS

Head Technician
Location UMCU

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MAIKE BRANS

Biotechnician
Animal facility

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AIOFE KILGALLEN

PhD Candidate, 
RESCUE-COFUND, Circadian Rhythm

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AINA CERVERA I BAREA

PhD Cadidate
Ligation LAD coronary artery | preclinical studies | cardioprotection

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CASPER VAN DER VEN

PhD Candidate MsC
Calcific Aortic Valve Disease | 3D Bioprinting | Drug Delivery

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CLÉMENCE ODILLE

PhD Candidate

Ex vivo cardiac repair

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EMMA MOL

PhD Candidate, 
Extracellular vesicles for cardiac repair (EVICARE)

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EVELYNE DEMKES

PhD Candidate
microtissue transplantation | preclinical animal models

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JUNTAO FANG

PhD Candidate
Cardiac regeneration

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CLARA LABONIA

PhD candidate
Cardiac repair | vesicle-mediated targeting

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MARIEKE ROEFS

PhD Candidate, 
Extracellular vesicles | Cell Biology | In vivo studies

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MARGARIDA CARMO VIOLA

PhD Candidate
Extracellular vesicles | Cardiac regeneration | Inflammation

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SANDRA CRNKO

PhD Candidate
Circadian rhythms | 3D cell culture systems | Cardiac fibrosis

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SIMON VAN DE WAKKER

PhD Candidate
Extracellular vesicles | Extracellular vesicle heterogeneity | Upscaling

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NAZMA ILAHIBAKS

PhD Candidate
Extracellular vesicles | CRISPR/Cas9 | Science-based Business

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NINO CHIRICO

PhD Candidate
Cardiac regenerative medicine | iPSC-technology | Biomaterials

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MARIJN PETERS

PhD Candidate
Regenerative medicine | hiPSC-cardiomyocytes | Hydrogel-mediated delivery

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RENEE MAAS

PhD Candidate

Genetic heart disease modelling | iPSC-CMs models | High-throughput screenings

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TOM BRACCO GARTNER

MD, PhD candidate Cardiothoracic Surgery

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QIANGBING YANG

PhD Candidate
Lipid nanoparticle | CRISPR/Cas system | modified mRNA

 
 

CONTACT US

PROF.DR. JOOST SLUIJTER

RESEARCH INTERNSHIPS

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