Kirsten ten Tusscher


Track 3 | Organisms in their environment | University of Utrecht, NL

Kirsten ten Tusscher is a full professor in Computational Developmental Biology at Utrecht University. She obtained her master’s degree in Theoretical Biology at Utrecht University in 2000. She then did her PhD research at the Department of Theoretical Biology / Bioinformatics, where she developed the first detailed computer model for the electrical activity of the human heart. She obtained her PhD in 2004.

In 2008 Ten Tusscher became group leader at the Simula Research Laboratory in Oslo, while shifting her research focus from cardiac function to animal and plant developmental biology. She was awarded the ‘Simula Researcher of the Year Award’ in 2009. In 2010 she returned to the Department of Biology at Utrecht University where in 2018 she was appointed professor of Computational Developmental Biology.

In her research, she focuses on unravelling the complex patterning processes occurring during the development of multicellular organisms using sophisticated computer simulation models that integrate biological data from the subcellular to whole organism scale, as well as the influence of environmental conditions on these processes.

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