My name is Rob Warnaar, and I was born and grew up in Wervershoof - a middle sized village in the province of North Holland, the Netherlands. I have already had a wide area of interest since my very early ages, ranging from technical, mathematical and biological subjects to the more philosophical and ethical debates. At the end of my high school period, I wanted to combine as much of these topics in my field of study, and I ended up at the University of Twente, where I instantly fell in love with the study Technical Medicine. I started with my bachelor degree in 2012, and finished it in 2015. In the meantime, I also contributed considerably to the student society at the University of Twente by taking places in several committees, the board of my volleyball association, being a volleyball trainer, and being a volunteer at the some of the largest events the campus of the university hosts each year.
After my bachelor degree, I chose for the master track “Medical Sensing & Stimulation”, which is focused on the acquisition, processing and analysis of biomedical signals. At the moment I started with my internships, I once again had multiple research areas that I was interested in, and I therefore chose to explore as many clinical departments as possible (i.e. audiology, orthopaedics, neurology and intensive care). I eventually graduated on the analysis of kinematic jump data in patients who have had a reconstruction of their anterior cruciate ligament, in order to identify those patients that were at risk for a re-rupture, although many other research fields had similar attraction to me. By the end of my graduation internship, I was hired at the Cardiovascular & Respiratory Physiology group at the University of Twente, offering the opportunity to do both a PhD in the field of respiratory physiology, and to teach the students of the Technical Medicine program. I can therefore contribute to both increasing the insight in lung physiology of the most critically ill, and to providing students with the essential knowledge and skills they need to join us in the endeavour to improve medicine by using technology.