Roel Spätjens studied Biochemistry at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Sittard. In 1996, he joined the Department of Cardiology, where electrophysiology became his main area of research. He has attended many reknown conferences in this field, where he presented scientific posters and is (co-)author on many publications. In 2014, Roel was awarded the UM award: an annual award given to staff members who have served the university with special merit, be it on an academic, managerial or service level.
At this moment, Roel is one of the lab managers in the Department of Cardiology where he still focusses on patch-clamp electrophysiology in expression systems (CHO/HEK cells), primary cells and iPSC-derived cardiomyocytes. He is greatly involved in the introduction of new techniques and systems in the lab.
Furthermore, he is the department’s Occupational health, safety and environment contact (ARMICO) as well as UM Emergency Assistance Team member (BHV-er).