Erik Biessen

Professor

Prof. Erik Biessen graduated with specialisations in Physical and Bio-Chemistry at Wageningen University. After a series of post-doctoral fellowships at Leiden University, in the labs of Prof. Van Boom (Organic Chemistry; glycolipid synthesis) and Prof. Van Berkel (Biopharmaceutics; drug/gene targeting), he was in 1994, selected as one of 6 post-docs the Molecular Cardiology programme (a competitive 12 year career development track of the Netherlands Heart Foundation. In 2001, he received the NWO innovative research premium incentive (Vidi) and in 2003 the NHS Established Investigator award, to be appointed Professor of Therapeutic Gene Modulation in 2005. In 2007, he moved to Maastricht University to lead the Experimental Vascular Pathology group. Prof Biessen has a part time appointment at the Institute for Molecular Cardiovascular Research, RWTH Aachen.

Erik Biessen’s current passion is to deploy systems medicine approaches, to understand and define critical innate immune pathways in human atherosclerosis and cardiometabolic comorbidities and to validate the relevance of these processes for disease progression by intervention studies in in vitro and in vivo models. Hereto, the group has developed a new high content microscopy based functionomics platform to measure macrophage functional profile at unprecedented resolution and speed and a technology pipeline for spatial mapping of macrophage phenotype and molecular context. Keywords of his research: systems medicine, bioinformatics, multispectral analysis, macrophage biology. Dr Biessen is partner of several H2020-ITN (EvolUtion, INTRICARE, CareSyan), and two Interreg programmes and is coordinator of H2020/ERA-CVD project (AtheroMacHete).

Department of Pathology
Verheylaan 10, 6229 HX Maastricht
Room number: 5M01.032
T: +31(0)43 387 46 35

  • 2020
    • Kerkhofs, D., van Hagen, B. T., Milanova, I. V., Schell, K. J., van Essen, H., Wijnands, E., Goossens, P., Blankesteijn, W. M., Unger, T., Prickaerts, J., Biessen, E. A., van Oostenbrugge, R. J., & Foulquier, S. (2020). Pharmacological depletion of microglia and perivascular macrophages prevents Vascular Cognitive Impairment in Ang II-induced hypertension. Theranostics, 10(21), 9512-9527. https://doi.org/10.7150/thno.44394
  • 2019
    • Donners, M. M. P. C., & Biessen, E. A. L. (2019). SCRIBbling the role of endothelial polarity in atherosclerosis. Cardiovascular Research, 115(14), 1937-1939. https://doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvz171
    • Fontaine, M. A. C., Westra, M. M., Bot, I., Jin, H., Franssen, A. J. P. M., Bot, M., de Jager, S. C. A., Dzhagalov, I., He, Y-W., van Vlijmen, B. J. M., Gijbels, M. J. J., Reutelingsperger, C. P., van Berkel, T. J. C., Sluimer, J. C., Temmerman, L., & Biessen, E. A. L. (2019). Low human and murine Mcl-1 expression leads to a pro-apoptotic plaque phenotype enriched in giant-cells. Scientific Reports, 9, [14547]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-51020-3
    • Montserrat-de la Paz, S., Naranjo, M. C., Millan-Linares, M. C., Lopez, S., Abia, R., Biessen, E. A. L., Muriana, F. J. G., & Bermudez, B. (2019). Monounsaturated Fatty Acids in a High-Fat Diet and Niacin Protect from White Fat Dysfunction in the Metabolic Syndrome. Molecular Nutrition & Food Research, 63(19), [1900425]. https://doi.org/10.1002/mnfr.201900425
    • Korporaal, S. J. A., Molenaar, T. J. M., Lutters, B. C. H., Meurs, I., Drost-Verhoef, S., Kuiper, J., van Berkel, T. J. C., & Biessen, E. A. L. (2019). Peptide Antagonists for P-selectin Discriminate between Sulfatide-Dependent Platelet Aggregation and PSGL-1-Mediated Cell Adhesion. Journal of Clinical Medicine, 8(8), [1266]. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm8081266
    • Jin, H., Goossens, P., Karel, J., Daemen, M., Sluimer, J., & Biessen, E. (2019). Integrative Multi-Omics Analysis Of Human Atherosclerosis Reveals An Intraplaque Bleeding Associated Network, Which Offers Better Prediction Of Disease Stage. Atherosclerosis, 287, e63-e63. [EAS19-0625]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2019.06.180
    • Van Kuijk, K., Theelen, T., Demandt, J., Marsch, E., Gijbels, M., Jin, H., Reutelingsperger, C., Cosemans, J., Schurgers, L., Carmeliet, P., Biessen, E., Daemen, M., & Sluimer, J. (2019). MYELOID PHD2 KNOCKDOWN DRIVES MACROPHAGE APOPTOSIS AND PARACRINE FIBROBLAST/SMOOTH MUSCLE CELL COLLAGEN SECRETION LEADING TO ATHEROSCLEROTIC PLAQUE FIBROSIS. Atherosclerosis, 287, E10-E10. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2019.06.027
    • Giamouridis, D., Gao, M. H., Lai, N. C., Tan, Z., Kim, Y. C., Guo, T., Miyanohara, A., Blankesteijn, M. W., Biessen, E. A. L., & Hammond, H. K. (2019). Urocortin 3 Gene Transfer Increases Function of the Failing Murine Heart. Human Gene Therapy, 30(1), 10-20. https://doi.org/10.1089/hum.2018.103
  • 2018
    • Bijnen, M., Beelen, N., Wetzels, S., van De Gaar, J., Vroomen, M., Wijnands, E., Scheijen, J. L., van de Waarenburg, M. P. H., Gijbels, M. J., Cleutjens, J. P., Biessen, E. A. L., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2018). RAGE deficiency does not affect non-alcoholic steatohepatitis and atherosclerosis in Western type diet-fed Ldlr(-/-) mice. Scientific Reports, 8, [15256]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-018-33661-y
    • Bijnen, M., Josefs, T., Cuijpers, I., Maalsen, C. J., van de Gaar, J., Vroomen, M., Wijnands, E., Rensen, S. S., Greve, J. W. M., Hofker, M. H., Biessen, E. A. L., Stehouwer, C. D. A., Schalkwijk, C. G., & Wouters, K. (2018). Adipose tissue macrophages induce hepatic neutrophil recruitment and macrophage accumulation in mice. Gut, 67(7), 1317-1327. https://doi.org/10.1136/gutjnl-2016-313654