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Research groups

Stephan van Gils Chair Applied Analysis
Dirk Grijpma Chair Biomaterials Science and Technology
Bart Koopman Chair Bimechanical Engineering
Wiendelt Steenbergen Chair Biomedical Photonic Imaging
Peter Veltink Chair Biomedical Signals & Systems
Albert van den Berg Chair Bios Lab on a Chip
Michel van Putten Chair Clinical Neurophysiology
Willem Verwey Chair Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics
Marcel Karperien Chair Developmental Bioenginieering
Maarten IJzerman Chair Health Technology and Services Research
Leon Terstappen Chair Medical Cell Biophysics
Mireille Claessens Chair Nanobiophysics
Michel Versluis Physics of Fluids Group
Stefano Stramigioli Chair Robotics and mechatronics
Loes Segerink Program Director SRO Biomedical Microdevices

Research groups (in alphabetical order)

Applied Analysis MIRA’s Applied Analysis (AA) models neural activity in various parts of the brain, an example being research into the brain areas involved in Parkinson's disease. AA also analyses models of the cortex, the outermost layer of the cerebrum, in order to gain a better understanding of epilepsy. Applied Stem Cell Technologies The department of Applied Stem Cell Technologies is a multi-disciplinary team of biologists and engineers who collaborate on cutting-edge technology and stem cell biology to develop novel applications for biomedical science, toxicology, pharmacology and clinical diagnostics. Biomaterials Science and Technology The Biomaterials Science and Technology group (BST) focuses on polymer synthesis, structure-properties relationships in polymeric materials and their application in medicine. Biomechanical Engineering The Biomechanical Engineering group carries out research concerning the treatment of impaired interaction between nerves and skeletal muscles. The group tries to gain insights into the mechanical operation of the body’s motor system and to represent these insights in the form of models. The researchers also study the effect of operations on the skeleton. Biomedical Photonic Imaging The Biomedical Photonic Imaging (BMPI) research group studies the interaction between light and biological material. It uses the insights gained in a search for non-invasive diagnostic methods. These technologies reduce the burden on a patient compared to current methods, and could even be quicker and more accurate. Biomedical Signals & Systems The research carried out in the Biomedical Signals & Systems (BSS) group is aimed at supporting the central nervous system in conditions like Parkinson’s disease or strokes. BSS studies how electrical stimuli applied to the nervous system can restore impaired body functions. BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip The BIOS Lab-on-a-Chip chair (“Miniaturized systems for biomedical and environmental applications”) aims at the research and development of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) systems. Clinical Neurophysiology The research in the Clinical Neurophysiology (CNPH) group is performed at the interface of neuroscience and neurophysiology. We focus on central nervous system disorders, aiming to develop improved diagnostics and guide novel treatments for clinical neurology. COGNITIVE PSYCHOLOGY AND ERGONOMICS The Cognitive Psychology and Ergonomics group conducts research in the area of cognitive psychology, cognitive neuroscience, and cognitive ergonomics. Department of Philosophy Welcome to the Department of Philosophy. Research and education of the department focus on the philosophy and ethics of technology and engineering science. The department is strongly committed to interdisciplinary work and has close ties to many other University of Twente programs and research fields, both in social science and engineering. Developmental BioEngineering The mission of the department of Developmental BioEngineering is to translate the principles of developmental biology into new, technology based therapeutic strategies for the replacement of lost or worn out tissues in chronic diseases. Health Technology and Services Research The work of the Health Technology and Services Research group (HTSR) revolves around how medical technology can make the clinical and economic aspects of healthcare more efficient. Magnetic Detection & Imaging The research focus of the Magnetic Detection & Imaging group is on developing novel methods for imaging neurosciences. Medical Cell Biophysics The investigations of the Medical Cell Biophysics (MCBP) group are aimed at gaining a better understanding of the properties of diseased cells. It is a basis for the development of technologies to optimize the diagnosis and treatment of illnesses. MCBP works mainly on various forms of cancer. Nanobiophysics Within Nanobiophysics (NBP) one of the research areas is the development and application of nano-techniques that allow controlled manipulation of cells and structures within them. Physics of Fluids MIRA’s Physics of Fluids group (PoF) conducts research into various topics revolving around the physical description of the dynamic behaviour of liquids and gases. The group specializes particularly in the use of microscopic bubbles and droplets for medical imaging. It also develops new methods of medical diagnosis and therapy using ultrasound. Robotics and Mechatronics The research carried out within the Robotics and Mechatronics group is centered around the theme of robotics in inspection and medical applications.