Michelle Kip
PhD Student

RA 5139
University of Twente
PO Box 217
7500 AE Enschede

Telephone: (053) 489 3619 

Research and Background

Michelle Kip (1989) obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Biology and Medical Laboratory Research at Saxion University of Applied Sciences in 2010. She did her internship at the laboratory of clinical chemistry of Medisch Spectrum Twente (Enschede). Following this internship, she started working there as a part-time laboratory assistant. For her bachelor thesis, she investigated the possibilities of transplanting autologous chondrocytes into cartilage defects, at the MIRA institute of the University of Twente.

After working half a year full-time as a laboratory technician, she started with the Master Health Sciences at the University of Twente in January 2011. She received her Master of Science degree focusing on Health Technology Assessment in August 2012. During her master thesis, she investigated the incremental cost-effectiveness of additional laboratory assays in excluding an acute myocardial infarction.

After graduation, she started working at PANAXEA b.v. as a consultant. During this two-year period she worked on several projects concerning cost-effectiveness research and the development of health economic models. In 2014, Michelle started working as a PhD at the department of Health Technology and Services Research at the University of Twente.


Laboratory analyses are often crucial in setting a diagnosis. It can be either used to diagnose or exclude a certain condition, or to monitor the treatment a patient receives. In about 70% of all patients who are being investigated or treated by a medical specialist in a hospital, laboratory analyses are being performed. By applying those analyses in the right way, at the right time, and in the right patient, efficient patient care can be promoted.

The current research aims to investigate the direct and indirect economic effects of laboratory diagnostics, in both primary and secondary care. We will investigate the impact of laboratory diagnostics in primary care on referral rates of patients to secondary care. Also, we will examine which criteria of a diagnostic test are considered important by decision makers for stimulating its implementation. Besides those topics, cost-effectiveness analyses of several diagnostic tests will be performed.


2011 - 2012

Master Health Sciences, University of Twente, Enschede

Thesis: Incremental cost-effectiveness analysis of a multimarker laboratory assay for early exclusion of acute myocardial infarction.

2007 – 2010

Bachelor of Applied Science Biology and Medical Laboratory Research, Saxion University of Applied Sciences, Enschede

Thesis: The mechanism of chondrocyte dedifferentiation; Gene expression profiling in dedifferentiating chondrocytes.

Work experience

2014 – present

PhD Candidate at the department of Health Technology and Services Research, University of Twente

2012 – 2014

Consultant Health Economic Modelling at PANAXEA b.v.

2010 – 2014

Medical laboratory technician at Medlon b.v.

2009 - 2010

Medical laboratory assistant at Medisch Spectrum Twente