Born and raised in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, Mark completed his High School Gymnasium diploma at the Lorentz Casimir Lyceum in Eindhoven in 2004. Hereafter, he started studying Medicine at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences at the University of Maastricht. In 2006 he attended an international exchange program together with the Academic Hospital in Ferrara, Italy, following courses about health care systems in tropical countries, vaccination programs and abdominal complaints in developing countries. He completed his Bachelor in Medicine in 2007 at the University of Maastricht. Before starting his internships he took a sabbatical to go abroad and explore different health care systems and other cultures. During his 6 month period in Central Africa, he volunteered for 3 months in several hospitals throughout Malawi, of which he spend 2 months in a District Hospital in a rural area called Mangochi. After these 3 months of incredible experience, he backpacked across Central and East Africa. Back home in 2008 he started with his internships, combined an internship in Nepal with 3 months of backpacking in India, and finally finished all of his internships in 2010. In his last year of Medicine his interest in cardiology became increasingly high and was able to participate in cardiovascular microRNA research at the University of Maastricht in collaboration with the research group of Prof. Dr. Heymans. He finished his Medical degree with 5 months of clinical internship (general cardiology) at the University of Maastricht. He currently works as a clinical PhD-student in the research group of Prof. Dr. Heymans, investigating clinical and endomyocardial biopsy-derived predictors of improved outcome in both cardiomyopathy and myocarditis patients and studies aetiology-based treatment strategies (randomized control trials) in these patients. Herein, the aim is to finally build the bridge between translation and clinical research, with the help of the whole research group. In addition, he’s involved in several European Projects (FP-7) to assess novel biomarkers for the early detection and prognosis of heart failure and (toxic) cardiomyopathies.
In his personal life, Mark is blessed with three healthy children and a wonderful wife. He further likes to read and do sports including jogging, fitness, soccer and tennis. During his holidays he likes to go scuba-diving and explore the wonderful underwater world.