Robin Verjans

Post doc

Dr Robin Verjans is post-doc in the Department of Cardiology. He performed a Bachelor in Health Sciences, and obtained his MSc. degree in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht Univeristy in 2013, with the specialisation Cardiovascular Biology and Medicine.

His interest in cardiovascular research has brought him to join the groups of Prof. Stephane Heymans, Prof. Blanche Schroen, and Dr Marc van Bilsen, as a PhD student in 2013. During the first years of his PhD, he performed a high-throughput phenotypical screen at Cenix BioSciences (Dresden, Germany) to identify miRNAs involved in heart failure-underlying processes, such as cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis and inflammation. In the last years of his PhD, back at Maastricht University, he focussed on the role of candidate miRNAs, identified by the screen, in cellular processes underlying heart failure. He successfully defended his PhD-thesis entitled 'MicroRNAs Orchestrate the Cellular Processes Driving Failure of the Heart' on the 23 February 2018.

Robin obtained a CARIM fellowship in 2017 and spent half a year in the renowned lab of Prof. Mauro Giacca at the Internaltion Center of Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology (ICGEB) in Trieste, to gain expertise in cardiomyocyte cell cycle control.

Robin Verjans currently continus his investigation of the role of candidate miRNAs, identified by the screen, in cellular processes underlying heart failure. The functions of different specific miRNAs are being studied in various animal models of heart failure. Furthermore, Robin conducts research as a fellow on the the CVON SHE-PREDICTS-HF. This research focusses on the investigation and description of sex-specific risk factors and its underlying processes for new-onset of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and is conducted at CARIM and UMC Groningen under the supervision of Prof. Blanche Schroen, Prof. Rudolf de Boer and Dr Marc van Bilsen.

Department of Cardiology
Universiteitssingel 50, 6229 ER Maastricht
PO Box 616, 6200 MD Maastricht
Room number: 3.220
T: +31(0)43 388 43 06

  • 2020
    • Liapi, E., van Bilsen, M., Verjans, R., & Schroen, B. (2020). tRNAs and tRNA fragments as modulators of cardiac and skeletal muscle function. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta-Molecular Cell Research, 1867(3), [118465]. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.bbamcr.2019.03.012
    • Verjans, R., van Bilsen, M., & Schroen, B. (2020). Reviewing the Limitations of Adult Mammalian Cardiac Regeneration: Noncoding RNAs as Regulators of Cardiomyogenesis. Biomolecules, 10(2), [262]. https://doi.org/10.3390/biom10020262
  • 2019
    • Verjans, R., Derks, W. J. A., Korn, K., Soennichsen, B., van Leeuwen, R. E. W., Schroen, B., van Bilsen, M., & Heymans, S. (2019). Functional Screening Identifies MicroRNAs as Multi-Cellular Regulators of Heart Failure. Scientific Reports, 9, [6055]. https://doi.org/10.1038/s41598-019-41491-9
    • Rech, M., Kuhn, A. R., Lumens, J., Carai, P., van Leeuwen, R., Verhesen, W., Verjans, R., Lecomte, J., Liu, Y., Luiken, J. J. F. P., Mohren, R., Cillero-Pastor, B., Heymans, S., Knoops, K., van Bilsen, M., & Schroen, B. (2019). AntagomiR-103 and-107 Treatment Affects Cardiac Function and Metabolism. Molecular Therapy - Nucleic Acids, 14, 424-437. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.omtn.2018.12.010
  • 2018
    • Sorop, O., Heinonen, I., van Kranenburg, M., van de Wouw, J., de Beer, V. J., Nguyen, I. T. N., Octavia, Y., van Duin, R. W. B., Stam, K., van Geuns, R-J., Wielopolski, P. A., Krestin, G. P., van den Meiracker, A. H., Verjans, R., van Bilsen, M., Danser, A. H. J., Paulus, W. J., Cheng, C., Linke, W. A., ... Duncker, D. J. (2018). Multiple common comorbidities produce left ventricular diastolic dysfunction associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction, oxidative stress, and myocardial stiffening. Cardiovascular Research, 114(7), 954-964. https://doi.org/10.1093/cvr/cvy038
    • Verjans, R., Peters, T., Beaumont, F., van Leeuwen, R., van Herwaarden, T., Verhesen, W., Munts, C., Bijnen, M., Henkens, M., Diez, J., de Windt, L. J., van Nieuwenhoven, F. A., van Bilsen, M., Goumans, M. J., Heymans, S., Gonzalez, A., & Schroen, B. (2018). MicroRNA-221/222 Family Counteracts Myocardial Fibrosis in Pressure Overload-Induced Heart Failure. Hypertension, 71(2), 280-288. https://doi.org/10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.117.10094