Debby Gawlitta, PhD
Since 2014, Dr. Debby Gawlitta holds a position as Associate Professor at the department of ‘Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery & Special Dental Care’ of the University Medical Center Utrecht, the Netherlands. Her group is working on maxillofacial bone regeneration in the RMCU (Regenerative Medicine Center Utrecht). Research keywords include clinical translation, biomaterials, bone/cartilage/vascular regeneration, stem/progenitor cells, bioreactors.
Debby Gawlitta was trained as a biomedical engineer at the Eindhoven University of Technology. Her PhD thesis was focused on generating engineered skeletal muscle tissue to model and monitor the development of pressure ulcers.
In 2007, she moved to the department of Orthopaedics, University Medical Center in Utrecht, to work on bone and cartilage tissue regeneration within the Hospital’s strategic impulse on regenerative medicine. During her postdoc, she received a prestigious Veni grant (Dutch innovation grant) to pursue (endochondral) bone regeneration from a cartilage template with bone marrow-derived stem cells. Her second research line is directed at co-culturing of different stem/progenitor cells for vascularization of engineered bone tissue. At this department, she was also involved in two European FP7 projects ‘HydroZONES’ (zonal cartilage regeneration) and ‘iDAC’ (antibacterial coatings for orthopedic prosthetic implants).
Further, Debby Gawlitta developed and coordinates the 2-year Master’s program RMT – Regenerative Medicine and Technology. Since 2012, RMT is a collaborative program of the UMCU, Utrecht University and Eindhoven University of Technology.
Lizette Utomo, PhD
Lizette Utomo obtained her Master of Science degree in 2013 after studying Technical Medicine at the University of Twente, Enschede, specializing in regenerative medicine. In 2014, she started her PhD in the group of Prof. Gerjo van Osch at the department of Orthopaedics at the Erasmus MC University Medical Center, Rotterdam. During this period, she also conducted research at the lab of dr. Matteo Moretti at the IRCCS Galeazzi Orthopaedic Institute in Milan, Italy (partially funded by a personal grant of the Annafonds|NOREF). As of January 2018, she is working as a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Debby Gawlitta. In September 2018, she defended her dissertation on macrophage phenotypes in degenerative joint diseases.
Current project: mandibular condyle regeneration
Barbara Klotz, MSc.
Current project: Engineering biomatrices for pre-vascularising bone analogs
Alessia Longoni, MSc.
Current project: Endochondral bone regeneration: stepping stones in clinical translation
Luuk van Dijk, MSc.
Iris Pennings, MSc.
Current project: Bio-inspired engineering of perfusable vasculature
Current project: Translational Aspects in Vascularized Maxillofacial Bone Regeneration
Current students (>6 months)
Arlan van Spijk
Former students (>6 months, 2015 – present)
Adriana Palom Agusti
Ana Garcia Duran
Inge van Hooijdonk
Maya Wright Clark
Melissa van Velthoven
Sophie Gorter de Vries
Yee Xiang Chang