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Connective Tissue Repair Lab

In a multidisciplinary group with researchers from the departments of Orthopaedics, Otorhinolaryngology and Oral and MaxilloFacial Surgery, we investigate cellular processes in cartilage and bone repair

About our research group/lab

About our research group

Why was our group formed?

We jointly work on connective tissue repair, in particular cartilage and bone regeneration.

Our aim.

We aim to understand what limits connective tissue repair and search for methods to improve it. The ultimate goal is to stimulate the body's  intrinsic repair capacity or to tissue engineer cartilage or bone outside the body, that can be used for transplantation We investigate how to control the formation of good quality cartilage and bone (which cells, which stimuli, which biomaterials) and the role of the immune system on tissue repair.

Our focus.

We focus on cellular processes in cell differentiation (in particular stem cells) and inflammation. Our translational research is performed from a cell biological view point using principles of developmental biology, pathophysiology and tissue engineering. 
We use several cell- and tissue culture models, animal  and clinical samples to study disease mechanisms as well as to develop and test new treatment approaches. We focus in particular on culture models that mimic the situation as good as possible by combining tissues. 

Our funds and grants

  • Horizon2020
  • NWO-Applied Sciences
  • ReumaNederland
  • AO Foundation

Our team


CTR group 2021

Our team:

Prof. dr. Gerjo J.V.M. van Osch

Eric Farrell, PhD

Roberto Narcisi, PhD

Pedro Diaz Payno, PhD

Andrea Lolli, PhD

Niamh Fahy, PhD

Shorouk Fahmy Garcia, PhD (hospitality agreement)

Mike Broeders, PhD

Michele Fenu, PhD

Virginia Palomares Cabeza

Chantal Voskamp

Yannick Nossin

Enrique Andres Sastre

Mauricio Ferrao Blanco

Tim Wesdorp

Jitao Xu

Encheng Ji

Amaia Garmendia Urdaletta

Imke Jansen

Kavitha Sivasubramaniyan, PhD (hospitality agreement)

Sandra van den Bosch, secretary
Wendy Koevoet, technician
Nicole Kops, technician
Janneke Witte-Bouma, technician

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