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Tamar Wissing

Dr. T.B. (Tamar) Wissing, PhD

Postdoctoral researcher

  • Department
  • Cardiology



Wissing is a postdoctoral researcher, under the supervision of dr. K. van der Heiden, focused on unraveling the mechanisms behind atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Her interdisciplinary research bridges the areas of tissue engineering & mechanics, mechanobiology and immuno(patho)logy. 

She obtained her master degrees in Health Sciences (cum laude) and Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 2014 to 2019 she was a PhD student at the department of Biomedical Engineering of the Eindhoven University of Technology in the Soft Tissue Engineering and Mechanobiology (STEM) group under the supervision of prof. dr. Carlijn Bouten and dr. ir. Anthal Smits. Within her project she focused on the effect of hemodynamic loads on early immune cell-biomaterial interactions to achieve endogenous cardiovascular tissue regeneration. In 2019, she joined the Biomedical Engineering department of the Erasmus Medical Center Rotterdam as a postdoctoral researcher to create human disease models for atherosclerosis to elucidate plaque rupture mechanisms. Recent work focuses on the interplay of macrophages, calcification and collagen and its impact on plaque mechanics and rupture. 


Field(s) of expertise

  • Cardiovascular Tissue Engineering
  • Atherosclerotic plaque biology and biomechanics
  • (Immune) cell responses to mechanical forces 

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