Martijn van Griensven

Principal Investigator

Prof. Martijn van Griensven concluded his study of biomedical sciences at Leiden University (cum laude). Subsequently, he obtained his PhD at Hannover Medical School (summa cum laude) and became the youngest professor in Germany. He is full professor of Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University since September 1st 2019. He is visiting professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia in Lima (Peru) since 2013. He holds a professorship at the UNESCO chair for biomaterials, Universidad de la Habana (Cuba) since 2018. Furthermore, he is an official research collaborator at the Musculoskeletal Gene Therapy Research Group (director prof. Christopher H. Evans), Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN (USA) since 2017. He has published approximately 300 peer-reviewed papers and 28 book chapters. He edited 4 books and holds 2 patents. A complete bibliography can be found here.

His research focuses on Regenerative Medicine. He has mainly dealt with regeneration of the musculoskeletal system including aspects of tissue engineering, cell and molecular biology and immune system contributions. In MERLN, he broadens his research to the regeneration of the entire body. The basic principles comprise cells, biomaterials and biological factors.

His main focus are cells and their role in tissue regeneration. He investigates cellular interactions with other cells and biomaterials. Thereby, interactions with immune cells are crucial. Thus, the communication between biomaterials, cells and factors intrigue him. He tries to elucidate the concomitant molecular, cellular and mechanical circuits. Knowing how these circuits are composed in pathology, homeostasis and in complex 3D in vitro structures will help understand mechanisms and use them for therapeutic purposes. Interdisciplinary translating this knowledge back to the patient is what we as team strive for!