Our Team

The PREhealth team is filled to the brim with enthusiastic, motivated, and patient-oriented students, experts, and volunteers. Read about our story and see some of our faces below!

Our Story

The students involved in PREhealth are all in health-related programmes, including biomedical sciences, midwifery, and medicine. They started working as a team from the start of the 2020 edition of the Maastricht University Honours programme at the Faculty of Health, Medicine and Life Sciences, under the supervision of associate professor Dr. Masoud Zamani Esteki, who heads the Laboratory of Cellular Genomic Medicine. Together, they embarked on a journey to improve accessibility to women's and pregnant people's health resources, especially focusing on patient groups that are often overlooked. 

Moreover, we're looking to recruit enthusiastic volunteers to help support our work. If you're interested to learn more about this, please don't hesitate to shoot us a message.

We aim to become a legal foundation in the near future, to ensure sustainable engagement.

This team will soon be joined by experts in health, such as physicians in reproductive care. This way, we combine the fresh new insights of tomorrow's healthcare and research professionals with the established expertise of today's professionals.

Meet The Team

Supervisor

Project Supervisor Masoud Zamani Esteki

Dr. Masoud Zamani Esteki

Associate Professor

Project Supervisor

Students

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Ann-Sophie Oppelt

Writer & Data Processor

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Julian Zeegers

Writer & Data Processor

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Selina Voßen

Writer & Programmer

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Juliëtte Gossens

Web Design & Programmer

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Miriam Babukhian

Writer & Programmer

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Alizeh Ahsan

Writer & Data Processor

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Britte Megens

Writer & Data Processor

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Yasemin Kaya

Writer & Programmer

 
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Dr. Masoud Zamani Esteki

Associate Professor & Project Supervisor

Masoud’s research lies at the intersection of classical genetics, molecular and developmental genetics, clinical genetics, bioinformatics, and artificial intelligence. During the course of his (post)doctoral research, he invented methods to study genome instability in early human development with applications in the clinic, such as preimplantation genetic testing (PGT) and non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT). Specifically, he has been developing, applying and translating integrative wet- and dry-lab approaches that uncover the genome’s allelic architecture in samples derived from many cells down to a single cell. Some of these technologies are now being used as routine diagnostic genetic tests. See Masoud's hope and vision for the field here.

Masoud leads the Cellular Genomic Medicine (CGM) group. CGM has several lines of active research centered around progressive innovation in Reproductive Medicine, e.g. development and application of novel methods for characterizing different molecular layers, their interplay and connectivity, and their impact on cellular identity and function, in particular at early stages of life. CGM constantly explores new avenues towards translating their research into the clinic.

 

Hi everyone! My name is Ann-Sophie Oppelt and currently I am a Biomedical Student at Maastricht University. 
I love to travel and explore new cultures and their traditions. Also I have been living in different countries like Germany, Austria, Australia and now the Netherlands, which shaped me into a openminded and curious person. 
For the future I hope to work in research and prove to have an impact on health care around the world in some way. I am excited to see where my path will lead me and what it still holds for me!

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Ann-Sophie Oppelt

Writer & Data Processor

Hello! My name is Julian, 21 years old and currently studying Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. I would describe myself as inquisitive and always ready to take on new challenges in life. A few years ago I had never thought I would be able to do basic programming. Together with Masoud and my fellow colleagues, this is a skill we all have been learning for the past two academic years. Personally, I like to do all kinds of sports (I don't really settle for one) and I play the piano when I am in a more creative mood. Academically, my major interests lie within the fields of Biochemistry, Genetics and Neuroscience. I pursue a research-oriented career in one of these domains. I am very happy and grateful to be part of this beautiful project and I am looking forward to the future of our organization.

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Julian Zeegers

Writer & Data Processor

Hi, I'm Selina, 26 years old. My personal interests are cell communication and bioinformatics. With this knowledge, I would like to contribute to knowledge about the physiology of the human body. Due to my background as a physiotherapist, i found interest in the development of disease. Therefore, it is important to help raise awareness and answer questions regarding possible diseases. 

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Selina Voßen

Writer & Programmer

Hi! I'm Juliëtte and I study Medicine at Maastricht University. 

I love learning new things in any field and I am a curious person. I like spending my time in many different ways, but some of my favourites are taking walks or hikes in nature and reading. 

In the future, I hope to earn degrees in several fields to obtain a multidisciplinary background, and then combine that knowledge to make a difference on a global level.

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Juliëtte Gossens

Web Design & Programmer

Hi! I’m Miriam and I’m currently in my 3rd year of bachelor’s in Biomedical Sciences. I’m originally from Italy but I’ve been living in the Netherlands for almost 3 years now (with a little 6 months break in Northern Norway). I’ve always been curious and inquisitive about things, especially when it comes to new frontiers both in science and outside of science; for this reason, during my studies I’ve started focusing on data science and bioinformatics, hoping, one day, to pursue a career in this field.

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Miriam Babukhian

Writer & Programmer

Hello everyone! My name is Alizeh Ahsan and I am a student of Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University. I have travelled all my life and explored a variety of places and cultures which expanded my horizons and opened up my perception about the world. I realized that to make the world a better place, we need to work together and educate ourselves and the people around us, so we can all together contribute to society. University helped me form my main goal in life which is precisely making the world a better place, simply, with the power of knowledge. By that I mean, the field of medicine and healthcare have a long way to go and I am excited to work really hard to contribute to their advancement.  

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Alizeh Ahsan

Writer & Data Processor

Hi! My name is Britte and I study Midwifery at Academie Verloskunde Maastricht. I love the profession as a midwife because of appreciation of the people I try to help to get themselves and the baby as healthy as possible through the pregnancy, delivery and the days after. It is a beautiful idea I may be present in this special time of their life and I really want to help the becoming parents to make the best of that time with the purpose that they look back on it with a good feeling.

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Britte Megens

Writer & Data Processor

My name is Yasemin, currently studying Biomedical Sciences and Medicine at the University of Maastricht. I am fascinated by the human body and it really amazes me how new life can develop from just two small cells! In my spare time, I love to read and explore new foods from different cultures.
In the future I would love to do research that contributes in scientific, cultural and social terms to make a difference.

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Yasemin Kaya

Writer & Programmer