prof.dr.ir. G.J.M. Tuijthof (Gabriëlle)

Full Professor

About Me

Independent living and mobility is becoming a key condition for quality of life and social participation. Even though the musculoskeletal system is capable of fascinating complex actions, analogous to other systems it can break down due to dysfunction, wear or trauma. In my academic career, I have contributed by focusing on minimally invasive diagnosis and intervention and strived for the design of medical devices that form a ‘perfect’ synergy with the capabilities of the clinician. My approach has been ‘clinically driven’ and combining of (experimental) research, conceptual design and management of multidisciplinary teams. This has resulted in various awarded grants VENI, TTW OTP, ASPASIA, RAAK, IMDI and TKI LSH, over 85 peer reviewed applications, several patents, and contributions to various start-ups.  I find it very important that fruitful ideas in the end can actually be used by the clinicians to diagnose of treat patients in their best effort. This means that apart from prototyping and testing, attention needs to be paid to the business case and Medical Device regulation. In my role of chair of Biomedical Device Design & Production, I aim to further develop my approach towards personalized & circular device design, shortening the development and validation phases and facilitating production of complex devices. 

The sharing of my knowledge I value highly, which is expressed in my active involvement in education of engineering and design courses and supervision of students. Also, I contributed to the development of various bachelor and master programmes at Delft University of Technology, Zuyd University of Applied Science and Maastricht University.


Medicine & Life Sciences
Ankle Joint
Virtual Reality
Engineering & Materials Science

Ancillary Activities

    Review grant proposals


Nauta, S. P., Huysmans, P. , Tuijthof, G. J. M., Eijkel, G. B., Poeze, M., Siegel, T. P., & Heeren, R. M. A. (2022). Automated 3D Sampling and Imaging of Uneven Sample Surfaces with LA-REIMS. Journal of the American Society for Mass Spectrometry, 33(1), 111-122. https://doi.org/10.1021/jasms.1c00290
Koper, D. C., Leung, C. A. W., Smeets, L. C. P., Laeven, P. F. J. , Tuijthof, G. J. M., & Kessler, P. A. W. H. (2021). Topology optimization of a mandibular reconstruction plate and biomechanical validation. Journal of the mechanical behavior of biomedical materials, 113, [104157]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmbbm.2020.104157
Matteucci, F., Maesen, B., De Asmundis, C., Parise, G., Micali, L. R. , Tuijthof, G., Gerits, P., Vernooy, K., Maessen, J. G., La Meir, M., & Gelsomino, S. (2021). New Biparietal Bipolar Catheter Prototype for Hybrid Atrial Fibrillation Ablation. Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery, 16(2), 181-187. https://doi.org/10.1177/1556984520981025
Haartmans, M. J. J., Emanuel, K. S. , Tuijthof, G. J. M., Heeren, R. M. A., Emans, P. J., & Cillero-Pastor, B. (2021). Mass Spectrometry-based Biomarkers for Knee Osteoarthritis: A Systematic Review. Expert review of proteomics, 18(8), 693-706. https://doi.org/10.1080/14789450.2021.1952868
Haartmans, M., Eveque-Mourroux, M., Emanuel, K. , Tuijthof, G., Heeren, R., Emans, P., & Cillero-Pastor, B. (2020). Lipid profiles in Hoffa’s fat pad as biomarker for cartilage regeneration and osteoarthritis development. Osteoarthritis and cartilage, 28, S299-S299. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.joca.2020.02.470
Tümer, N., Arbabi, V., Gielis, W. P., de Jong, P. A., Weinans, H. , Tuijthof, G. J. M., & Zadpoor, A. A. (2019). Three-dimensional analysis of shape variations and symmetry of the fibula, tibia, calcaneus and talus. Journal of anatomy, 234(1), 132-144. https://doi.org/10.1111/joa.12900

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Faculty of Engineering Technology
Horst Complex (building no. 20), room W113
De Horst 2
7522LW  Enschede
The Netherlands

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