Wouter Verhesen

Wouter Verhesen was born in Sittard in 1981. After his secondary education in Roermond he studied at Leeuwenborgh opleidingen in Sittard to become a Lifesciences laboratory technician. His internships at the Departement of Cardiology and Pharmacology at the University of Maastricht were awarded the “Zilveren Vlam” by the Nederlandse Vereninging voor bioMedische Laboratoriummedewerkers.  He graduated in 2005 and in the same year enrolled in the accelerated Lifesciences technician program at the Hogeschool Zuyd in Heerlen. After his internship at the Medtronic Bakken Research Centre Maastricht he graduated in 2007 and received a Bachelor degree in Lifesciences.  Shortly after, he was invited to join the group of Prof. dr. Stephane Heymans where he is currently employed as a research technician at the Center for Heart Failure Research. His work focuses on maintaining and developing state of the art molecular techniques with a special interest area in high resolution fluorescent imaging of nucleic acids, such as miRNAs and lncRNAs.
In his own time he enjoys working in the popular science fields Paleontology and Astronomy, as well as the creative disciplines of art and photography. In these fields he co-authored and published as well, including National Geographic Magazine as a free-lance illustrator.