20 May 2016

New Medical Delta Professors in seven cross-disciplinary areas

  • TU Delft
  • Erasmus MC
  • Leiden University Medical Center
  • Leiden University
  • Medical Delta

After the 11 Medical Delta Professorships that started in 2014, Medical Delta is to inaugurate a further 7 professors on the crossroads of Life Sciences, Health & Technology. Besides their current main appointment in Delft, Leiden or Rotterdam, each will be appointed in one of the other cities as well. In this way, Medical Delta aims to structurally stimulate cooperation among the Medical Delta institutes and disciplines.

The new Medical Delta professors will be inaugurated during a special ceremony during the Medical Delta Event 2016 on 21 June in Delft, where each will present a brief inauguration speech, highlighting dreams and opportunities for collaboration within the Medical Delta.

New Medical Delta Professors & research areas

Of the new Medical Delta professors, 3 are doctors and 4 researchers. They work in the research areas of cancer therapy, orthopaedic surgery, molecular biology/biophysics, epidemiology and analytical biosciences.  

Prof. Cock van Duijn, Erasmus MC & Leiden University

Epidemiologist Prof. Cock van Duijn uses cohort population studies to learn about and prevent illness.
Inauguration speech: “Precision medicine in the Medical Delta: genes, metabolites and prevention.”

Prof. Thomas Hankemeier, Leiden University & Erasmus MC

Analytical Bioscientist Prof. Thomas Hankemeier envisions metabolomics to change healthcare, which the Medical Delta is in a unique place for to achieve.
Inauguration speech: “Big Data in the Medical Delta: how metabolomics will change healthcare.”

Prof. Marileen Dogterom, TU Delft & Leiden University

Biophysicist Prof. Marileen Dogterom aims to quantitatively understand the biology of the building blocks of life to lay the foundations for truly personalized treatments.
Inauguration speech: “Can we build a synthetic cell? And will this impact personalised medicine?”

Prof. Claire Wyman, Erasmus MC & TU Delft

Molecular biologist Prof. Claire Wyman studies the relation between the genome and treatment chances for breast cancer, and pioneers multidisciplinary education to make a difference.
Inauguration speech: “What’s the difference between Angelina Jolie and me? We train scientists to find nanoscale answers.”

Prof. Corrie Marijnen, LUMC & TU Delft

Radiation oncologist Prof. Corrie Marijnen works to improve cancer treatments by minimizing side effects and integrating the available data.
Inauguration speech: “HollandPTC, a dream comes true: protons, patients and preferences.”

Prof. Jean Philippe Pignol, Erasmus MC & TU Delft

Radiation oncologist Prof. Jean Philippe Pignol aims to make radiotherapy treatments, for example of breast cancer, easier to patients.
Inauguration speech: “Active women with breast cancer: the one-hour radiation treatment.”

Prof. Rob Nelissen, LUMC & TU Delft

Orthopaedic surgeon Prof. Rob Nelissen focuses on start-up activities in medical technology areas such as 3D-printed implants to improve patient safety and treatment quality.
Inauguration speech: “Smart implant surgery: patient safety, 3D-printed implants & quality.”

Read interviews with the new Medical Delta professors and find out how they aim to transform healthcare. Open We add- magazine


The Medical Delta professors were selected based on their track record in cross-disciplinary cooperation and their passion for working together towards making a difference in Life Sciences, Health & Technology.

Through their dual appointments and Medical Delta titles, the University Boards acknowledge their ground breaking work. At the same time the Medical Deltas professors will act as ambassadors for cooperation at the crossroads of disciplines.

Reforming healthcare cannot be tackled by specialists working in isolation. Instead, a holistic approach is needed, one where connections are made across disciplines and organisations. The Medical Delta Professorships are key for doing so.
Medical Delta director Roel Kamerling