EDLAB's core team

Jeroen Kooman

EDLAB Director


I studied Medicine at Maastricht University from 1984-1990. After my PhD and residency in Internal Medicine and Nephrology, I became a staff member at Maastricht University Medical Centre at 1998 and was appointed as professor in 2012. Next to my clinical work and research, I have been very interested in education from the start of my professional career and have served in many educational roles such as tutor, planning group member and mentor. Next to this, I was coordinator of the Bachelor program of Medicine from 2007-2013 and chair of the Educational Program Committee from 2016-2020. I am director of EDLAB since September 2020 and am very excited to work with a highly motivated team in a professional and innovative environment. It is my strong belief that EDLAB will flourish further and play a vital role as a center of expertise and innovation for staff and students of our academic community.

Ellen Bastiaens-Krabbe

Deputy Director

After obtaining my PhD in educational science, I developed myself as an experienced project manager in the educational domain. In recent years, I have initiated and developed various programmes at the intersection of policy and strategy and educational innovation. In doing so, I build networks with stakeholders in the faculties and look for connecting ideas and people. Paraphrasing Hannibal (without a cigar): “I love it when ideas/people come together”.
As Deputy Director, I coordinate in the Technology Enhanced Education (TEE) programme with which we want to optimise teaching support at our university from various angles. In addition, I am working on developing a blueprint to improve coordination between all initiatives and forums at Maastricht University, with the ultimate goal of improving the study experience of students and the teaching experience of teachers.
I connect my work at EDLAB with my other job as Chief Education Information Officer, where I oversee the developments in the I-education domain and the associated systems and services.

Walter Jansen

Senior Coordinator Innovation


Before joining EDLAB in 2015, I gained substantial teaching experience in the European Studies Bachelor’s programme at the UM faculty of Arts and Social Sciences and worked at UM offices in Bangalore and Brussels. At EDLAB, I design, coordinate and assist in the implementation of university-wide innovation projects and activities. I have gained particular expertise in themes such as PBL & CCCS (collaborative, constructive, contextual and self-directed learning), teaching delivery, international classroom, group work assessment, constructive alignment and research skills in PBL. A structural interest of mine: the history, role and conceptualisation of Bildung in higher education.

Lena Gromotka

Junior Coordinator Innovation

When growing up I was the “annoying” little kid that always kept asking questions. I asked questions about how thunderstorms were created, how planes fly, or why we must study for grades in school when all interesting things were happening right outside the school window. Now after a high school degree, a BSc. in Psychology, and a MSc. in the topic of Learning, I find myself keep asking questions. Questions of how we can make learning a collaborative effort, how we can support students in their learning journey and how we can bring the interesting things from outside the classroom into the classroom. As a junior education innovation coordinator, I am inspired to keep asking the right questions to the right people, connect with inspiring educators and support projects that enrich education at UM. Hello, I am Lena and if you have any questions, ideas, or suggestions regarding education, please do not hesitate to write me an email.

Oscar van den Wijngaard

Senior Project Manager


I studied history and philosophy in Leiden, and joined University College Maastricht in the Spring of 2003, shortly after it was founded. Previously I had worked as director for a study abroad programme of an American liberal arts college, and as a free-lance editor for several publishing houses. At UCM I contributed to curriculum development, taught courses in the humanities as well as skills, and I was coordinator of its academic advising programme. To me, the collaborative process of teaching and learning reflects the idea of scholarship as described by Ernest Boyer, in which the discovery and integration of new knowledge go hand in hand with application and teaching. In my current project I look at potential causes and solutions for student drop-out in the first year.

Donna Carroll

Senior Educational Training Developer


I love learning new things in all avenues of my life. It helps me to see things from different perspectives, provides me with fresh ideas, and keeps me motivated to continually challenge myself. I’ve been lucky to have worked in a variety of roles at UK and Dutch universities in innovation, management, educational development and lecturing. I’m delighted that in my role at EDLAB I have the opportunity to provide others with stimulating opportunities for their own development as I’m responsible for the Continual Professional Development training activities for university teaching staff. Get in touch to talk to me further about our offering or your training needs!

Eveline Persoon

EDLAB Programming and Logistics Coordinator


Education has always been a major passion of mine and quickly resulted in a bachelor’s degree in education as a primary school teacher. Driven to know more about learning, cognition and development of the mind I decided to study psychology at the Faculty of Psychology and Neuroscience (FPN) at Maastricht University. After graduating with a Master’s in Developmental Psychology, I applied for a teaching position at FPN that quickly resulted in the merging of my major interests: education and psychology. I have been part of the UM teaching community since 2016 and in my current position as Programming and Logistics Coordinator at EDLAB I am mainly involved in organising Continuing Professional Development (CPD) and Educational Services’ activities for university teaching staff. Please get in touch if you have any questions or suggestions for a workshop, training or other CPD activity.

Lonneke Bevers

Assessment Expert

After studying chemistry, obtaining a PhD in biochemistry and spending several years as a post-doc in the field of tumor immunology, I see myself as a living example of what I always tell my students: it is not so much what you study – the content – that matters, but the skills you develop. I have drifted away from my field of study and am now mainly involved in teacher development and support. In the autumn of 2007, I started working at Maastricht University, partly as a science coordinator at UCM and partly as a researcher at Maastricht School of Health Professions Education. I have gained experience in all kinds of roles, from lecturer to academic advisor, from tutor to coordinator. With that experience and my enthusiasm for educational development and innovation, I am keen to help others get the best out of themselves and their teaching in such a way that it benefits the learning process of the student.

Iris Burks

Project Manager UM Advising

I am intrigued by the growth process students go though in University, and enjoy walking along next to them on their journey. After my own graduation, first from University College Maastricht and later Bio-Pharmaceutical Sciences in Leiden, I fulfilled several Education Development related roles in the (then new) Liberal Arts and Sciences programmes; Maastricht Science Programme and University College Venlo. A red thread through those years, has been my coordination of the Offices of Academic and Student Advising of these colleges. In 2020 I became the chair of the UM network of student guidance staff, a role I now combine with the position of Project Manager UM Advising, a joint venture by SSC and EDLAB. I am curious, enjoy an innovative challenge, and love to connect ideas and people together. Feel free to get in touch about Student Success, Student/Academic Advising and related topics.

Barend Last

Project Manager

Barend Last (1986) started out as a primary school teacher, where his passion for educational innovation arose. He was especially interested in the question: ‘Why do we do what we do?’ and therefore moved on to the scientific world. He has worked as a consultant, manager and instructional designer in various educational settings. He now works as an educational advisor at Maastricht University. Here he is tasked with the implementation of blended learning. Barend is the author of the book ‘Blended learning and education design: From theory to practice’, which was published in 2021.

Fabienne Crombach

Senior Coordinator Excellence Education


With a background in hospitality and business administration, I see myself as a versatile, enthusiastic all-rounder with a no-nonsense mentality.
Due to a very versatile job history in diverse and international fields of business, I have gained a lot of practical and hands-on experience in running projects.
My goal is to create an inspirational environment for our excellence students, that is conducive to a high-quality learning experience. Coordinating these programmes combines my passions for organising and being in close contact with talented students, staff, and companies. I highly enjoy the interaction with students and their drive to learn and excel. Their enthusiasm and motivation are contagious and something to be admired. You will find that I am a strategic planner with organisation skills, practical good sense, passion for my work and a lot of creativity.

Anna Marino

Junior Coordinator Excellence Education

As Junior Coordinator Excellence, I enjoy developing my organisational and administrative skills in an inspirational and creative environment where some of the best students of Maastricht University apply their skills and learn new ones. Only two years ago, I myself took part in PREMIUM, Excellence programme dedicated to Master students: my recent experience as Honours student can surely give some interesting insights to the organisational and administrative component of the programmes. Regarding my expertise, I graduated from Maastricht University’s European Studies Master’s programme in December 2020 with a Master specialisation in Global Challenges – focused on the relationship between the EU and other global players, giving special attention to non-European perspectives. In January 2021, I was employed by the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences as a teaching fellow. Working in an academic environment is extremely inspirational to me and allows me to grow at a faster pace, being surrounded by exceptional professionals and researchers.

Dominique Tellier

Junior Coordinator Excellence Education

Sueli Brodin

Communications Advisor

My French father made a felicitous mistake when he registered my birth in Rio de Janeiro in the summer of 1966. To highlight my Brazilian mother’s Japanese ancestry, my parents decided to give me an additional Japanese name, Kiyomi. At the registry office, however, my father forgot the first “i” and this tiny mistake inadvertently changed my name’s meaning from “pure beauty” into “interest” 😉

I feel a strong affinity with my Japanese name because for as long as I can remember, I have always had an inquisitive mind and multiple fields of interest. I have a genuine eagerness to discover, observe, search for connections, understand, learn and share. EDLAB’s commitment to education innovation inspires me. As Confucius said, “Never be tired of learning or teaching others!”

Marie-Lou Mestrini

Office Manager


I have been affiliated with Maastricht University as a managing assistant for more than 15 years. I am originally from the Limburg region, where I studied language (French, Spanish) and completed my secretarial training. Over the years I have lived in France, Belgium, Israel (becoming fluent in Hebrew). Before joining the University, I was an entrepreneur running a successful family restaurant. Over the past years, I have assisted the Management Board of FHS with all administrative, organisation and operational matters especially the dean and director. Acting as a first point of contact for my managing team, as well as parties from both inside and outside this international organisation, is what I enjoy most.

Rahel Koch

Student Assistant: News Editor / Digital Content Creator

I’m currently pursuing a Liberal Arts & Science degree at the University College of Maastricht with a special interest in the Medical Humanities as well as Science & Technology Studies. The position of the student assistant at EDLAB allows me to gain a more practical understanding of how digital technologies enable us to connect and share meaningful ideas. I’m here to make EDLAB’s work more visible, be it through creating digital posters for our events or publishing blog updates on our latest research findings.

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EDLAB collaborates with everyone involved in education at Maastricht University: teachers, researchers, management, support staff, and last but not least students.

The engagement of students and staff is at the heart of all EDLAB initiatives!