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Roberto Narcisi


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Roberto is an associate Professor at the department of Orthopaedics and Sports Medicine (Erasmus Medical Center) with a research line focused in developing skeletal disease models. Specifically, he’s focused on the crosstalk between senescence (cellular aging), mechanical loading and genetics in regulating chondrocyte phenotype and cartilage degeneration. Roberto is currently involved as WP (co)leader in the iCELL and HealthyJoint flagships (Convergence program), the LoaD consortia (NWA-ORC by NWO) and OAinject (Perspectief by NWO). Roberto won the Dutch FameLab event, a science communication competition for young scientist (2017), and was one of the speakers of the TEDx event in Alkmaar in 2019.



Contact: Department of Orthopedics Ee1651b, Erasmus MC University Medical Center

Postal address: Wytemaweg 80, 3015 CN Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Phone: +31 (0) 10 7044626



Guus van den Akker


Marjolein webGuus van den Akker is an assistant professor at the department of Orthopedic Surgery of Maastricht University. His PhD studies focused on gene-environment interactions in chondrogenic differentiation and characterization & immortalization of intervertebral disc cells (Molecular Genetics / Orthopedics). Subsequently, he did a post-doc at the Experimental Rheumatology lab at the RadboudUMC under supervision of Prof. Dr. Peter van der Kraan. Here, he investigated the effect of osteoarthritis-related inflammation on chondrogenic differentiation within the UKRMP SmartStep consortium. Finally, Guus moved back to the Molecular Cartilage Biology lab in Maastricht, where he investigates the pathobiology of osteoarthritis and the potential involvement of ribosome dysfunction.


Contact: Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Maastricht University Medical Center

Postal address:Universiteitssingel 50, 6229ER Maastricht (dept Orthopedic surgery, room H3.336)

Phone: +31 (0) 43 3881531



Marina Trombetta Lima


MTrombettaLimaMarina Trombetta Lima is a Rosalind Franklin Fellow and Assistant Professor at the Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy in the Groningen Institute of Pharmacy of the University of Groningen. Marina obtained her PhD in Biochemistry at the University of São Paulo, Brazil. She is a Fulbright alumnus at the National Cancer Institute, US, and was a post-doc fellow at the University of Kyoto, Japan, and at the University of Groningen and University Medical Center Groningen. Her research focuses on the understanding of how the aged microenvironment influences the susceptibility to aging-related disorders including neurodegeneration, cancer, and diabetes.


Contact: Department of Pharmaceutical Technology and Biopharmacy, Groningen Institute of Pharmacy, University of Groningen 

Postal address: Ant. Deusinglaan 1, 9713 AV, Groningen, The Netherlands