Friso Heslinga
Junior Researcher

PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Telephone: (053) 489 4673

About Friso

Of all possibilities that technology offers, Friso Heslinga found improvements in medical engineering most meaningful. He started his Bachelor of Biomedical Engineering in 2009 at the University of Twente and soon found out that medical imaging was his main interest. He learned that various physical insights could be translated into existing- and yet to be discovered imaging techniques, which enthused him to complete the Master Biomedical Engineering with the specialization Imaging & Diagnostics.

Intrigued by the small numbers of successfully implemented medical technologies, Friso continued his education to learn more about key factors that determine the added value of technological innovations. He got his Master’s degree in Health Sciences and wrote his thesis on the added value of new technologies for the hybrid operating theater.

In the past, Friso worked on the development of a phantom for Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance research at the Biomagnetics group at the University of Western Australia. The newly-achieved knowledge about Magnetic Resonance systems also proved to be useful for his first Master thesis which he did partly at the Bioengineering group at the University of California at Berkeley. At the Conolly lab he compared Fluorine-based Magnetic Resonance Imaging with a new technique called Magnetic Particle Imaging for its capabilities to track specific cells inside the body.

Current research

The hybrid operating theater (HOT) is a new type of operating theater that uses dedicated and fixed-imaging technologies to optimally perform complex procedures in specific medical fields (e.g. vascular surgery, oncology). Innovative technologies are being developed to further improve the performance of surgeons in the HOT. The scarcity of resources for research and development requires smart allocation of budgets, making early healthcare technology assessment vital. Friso’s research focusses on tools to assess the value of medical innovations in an early stage, and thereby support decision makers in prioritizing the development of new technologies for the HOT.



Master of Science in Health Sciences, University of Twente


Master of Science in Biomedical Engineering, University of Twente


Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Engineering, University of Twente

Work experience

September 2016 - present

Junior Researcher, Health Technology and Services Research, University of Twente

April 2015 – August 2015

Research intern, Conolly Lab, University of California at Berkeley, USA

November 2014 – February 2015

Research intern, Biomagnetics groups, University of Western Australia

January 2014 – May 2014

Market research towards electrospinning, IME technologies, Geldrop

April 2011 – February 2014

Student Assistant Marketeer, Study Information desk, University of Twente


Friso is involved in the Master course Health Economic Modeling and the course Multi Criteria Decision Analysis (Master Health Sciences)