Short CV/Education and training

  • Since 2015
    Head Soft Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology group, Department of Biomedical Engineering (BME), TU/e, Netherlands

  • 2013
    Visiting professor, Lab. Cardiovascular Research, Harvard Med School, Boston, USA

  • Since 2010
    Professor of Cell-Matrix interaction, Dept. Biomedical Engineering, TU/e

  • 2007 – 2009
    Visiting professor, Dept. Cardiothoracic Surgery, University Medical Centre Utrecht

  • 2002 – 2010
    Associate professor of Tissue Engineering, Dept. Biomedical Engineering, TU/e

  • 1998 – 2002
    Assistant professor, Cellular Biomechanics, Dept. Mechanical Engineering, TU/e

  • 1995 – 1998
    Postdoctoral research fellowships at: (1) Université Laval, Quebec, Canada; (2) TU/e; (3) IRC in Biomedical Materials, London UK

  • 1995
    PhD, Eindhoven University of Technology & Maastricht University

  • 1991
    Human Movement Sciences, VU Amsterdam

  • 1998
    Established Cell & Tissue Engineering Laboratory, TU/e, Head of lab til 2020

Selected publications

  • Bax N.A.M. et al., Cardiomyocyte progenitor cells produce and remodel matrix during in vitro differentiation. J Mol Cell Cardiol 2012; DOI 10.1016/j.yjmcc.2012.07.003.

  • Fioretta ES, Fledderus J, Burakovska E, Baaijens FPT, Verhaar M, Bouten CVC. Polymer-based scaffold designs for in situ vascular tissue engineering: controlling recruitment and differentiation behavior of ECFCs. Macromol Biosci 2012;12: 577-590.

  • Van Geemen D, Driessen-Mol A, Grootzwagers LGM, Riem Vis PW, Baaijens FPT, Bouten CVC. Variation in tissue outcome of ovine and human engineered heart valve constructs: relevance for tissue engineering. Reg Med 2012;7: 59-70.

  • Bouten CVC, Dankers PYW, Driessen-Mol A, Pedron S, Brizard AM, Baaijens FPT. Substrates for cardiovascular tissue engineering. Adv Drug Deliv Rev. 2011;63(4-5): 221-241.

  • Riem Vis PW, Kluin J, Sluijter JPG, van Herwerden LA, Bouten CVC. Environmental regulation of valvulogenesis: implications for tissue engineering. Eur J CardioThoracic Surgery 2011;39(1): 8-17.

  • Balguid A, Mol A, van Vlimmeren MAA, Baaijens FPT, Bouten CVC. Hypoxia induced near-native mechanical properties of engineered heart valve tissue. Circulation 2009;119: 290-297.

  • Hjortnaes J, Bouten CVC, van Herwerden LA, Grundeman PM, Kluin J. Translating autologous heart valve tissue engineering form bench to bed. Tissue Engineering Part B Rev 2009;15(3): 307-317.

  • Rubbens MP, Mol A, Boerboom RA, Bank RA, Baaijens FPT, Bouten CVC. Intermittent straining accelerates the development of tissue properties in engineered heart valve tissue. Tissue Engineering Part A 2009;15(5): 999-1008.

  • Gawlitta D, Boonen KJM, Oomens CWJ, Baaijens FPT, Bouten CVC. The influence of serum-free culturing on skeletal muscle development in a tissue-engineered model. Tissue Engineering Part A 2008;1: 161-171.

  • Boerboom RA, Nash-Krahn K, Megens RTA, van Zandvoort MAMJ, Merkx M, Bouten CVC. High resolution imaging of collagen organization and synthesis using a versatile collagen specific probe. J Structural Biol 2007;159: 392-399.

Complete list of publications

Selected projects

Membership in scientific bodies/juries

  • National Advisory Committee: ‘Covid and Trust in Research’, KNAW, NL, 2021

  • Audit Committee Medical Technology, National Institute Public Health & Environment, NL, 2021

  • Council for Medical Sciences, KNAW, NL, since 2020

  • Board member, Netherlands Organization for Health Research and Development (ZonMw), since 2020

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Institute of Bioengineering of Catalonia Barcelona, Spain, since 2019

  • Strategic Advisory Board, Regenerative Medicine Crossing Borders (RegMed-XB), NL, since 2019

  • Board of Directors, Int. Society of Applied Cardiovascular Biology, since 2017

  • Board of Directors, Secretary and Treasurer (since ’20), Heart Valve Society, since 2015

  • Scientific Advisory Board, Dutch Heart Foundation, NL, 2013 – 2019

  • Member of the national research assessment committees "Tissue Engineering?"(2006 – 2007) and "Regenerative Medicine" (2007 – 2010), under auspices of the Royal Dutch Society of Arts and Sciences

  • Am. Soc. Mech. Engineers (ASME); Eur. Soc. Biomechanics (ESB); Dutch Soc.Matrix Biol., since 1998

Member of:

  • Task Force on Stem Cell Regeneration of the Heart, European Society of Cardiology; Am Soc Mech Engineers (ASME); Society of Heart Valve disease (SHVD); European Society of Biomechanics (ESB); Dutch Society of Matrix Biology

Reviewer/jury member for:

  • ZON-MW, STW, NHS, Echo (CW), Mosaik, Veni/Vidi schemes, various international grant schemes

Media coverage

Additional qualifications

  • Leader of TU/e Strategic Area Health program "Smart Interventions", 2011 – 2020

Soft Skills/Other activities and achievements

Other activities and achievements/family

  • Married, three children


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