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M. (Mirjam) Visscher, PhD

  • Department
  • Biomedical Engineering



Atherosclerosis is a disease of the artery walls and is characterized by the gradual formation of depositions in the vascular wall that are called plaques. We hypothesize that lipids play a key role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, and can be correlated to plaque phenotype. Using MALDI-MSI we visualized the spatial distribution of lipids over the atherosclerotic plaques. Ongoing research is aimed at visualizing lipid composition in patients for risk stratification and therapy guidance.

Field(s) of expertise

  • Mass spectrometry imaging
  • Photoacoustics
  • Contrast agents
  • Lipidomics
  • Atherosclerosis

Education and career

Mirjam Visscher earned her Bachelor degree in the Biomedical Photonic Imaging group at the University of Twente, The Netherlands, on the subject of photo thermal mechanisms in tumor-simulating beads embedded with gold nanorods.

During her studies, she developed interest in medical physics. She finished her Master degrees in Biomedical Engineering in the Physics of Fluids group, University of Twente, where she investigated polymeric microcapsules for multimodal imaging.

Her current PhD. position is in the Biomedical Engineering group, Erasmus Medical Center in Rotterdam. Where she focuses on the assessment of atherosclerosis plaques using photoacoustic spectroscopy and MALDI imaging mass spectrometry.


Scholarships, grants, and awards

Catharine van Tussenbroek Fonds - Beurs A

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