Jenny Dankelman is professor in Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques at the Delft University of Technology (www.MISIT.nl). She obtained her degree in Mathematics, with a specialisation in System and Control Engineering at the University of Groningen in 1984 and her PhD degree on the dynamics of the coronary circulation at the Delft University of Technology (DUT) in 1989. In 2001 she was awarded the Antoni van Leeuwenhoek chair and shortly after she became head of the Minimally Invasive Surgery and Interventional Techniques group (www.MISIT.nl). Between 2010 and 2014 she was head of the Department of BioMechanical Engineering and in 2013 she became Medical Delta professor. In 2018 she received a Royal award and became Knight in the order of the Netherlands Lion.
Her research focuses on minimally invasive surgery, needle interventions and endovascular interventions. She cooperates with several hospitals such as Leiden UMC where she holds a part time professorship position, Erasmus MC Rotterdam and the Amsterdam UMC. Her interests and research projects are in the fields of designing novel medical instruments, training and simulation systems, and patient safety. Recently she started a number of projects to develop affordable multi-functional surgical instruments for basic and minimally invasive surgery specifically focusing on low-resource settings.