Sanquin Academy

Team and teachers

The team of the Sanquin Academy and a random selection of our teachers introduce themselves below and tell more about their specialism and experience.

Lecturers at the Sanquin Academy are experts in their field and have many years of practical experience. Sanquin Academy provides educational training for its teachers and stimulates the development of new didactic work forms and learning methods. The Sanquin Academy connects professionals with regard to content and creates meetings for knowledge sharing between the teachers, with which we keep the Sanquin Academy’s offer up-to-date and innovative.

  • Anouk Wagenaar

    Anouk is founder of the Sanquin Academy. She is an experienced organizational expert and has a passion for Sanquin's knowledge. Provides advice on a strategic level in development processes and at the same time likes to provide training to stay close to its customers. She provides training in the field of collaboration, innovation and leadership. In the Sanquin Academy she likes to bring people together on the content and challenges them in the interaction to create more value for the patient.

  • Berdine Sijtsma

    Berdine Sijtsma is a senior KNMG donor doctor at Sanquin within the Medical Donor Affairs department. Her expertise lies in particular in emerging blood-borne infectious diseases, anti-D and donor counselling. She provides the following modules: Donor counseling, in addition DASIO-V training courses, requalification lessons donor assistants, webinars interns, reference hours, WHO, training call center employees.

  • Hans Zaaijer

    Hans is a medical microbiologist and head of Blood Transmitted Infections at Sanquin.

  • Henriëtte Prakke-Weekamp

    Henriëtte has been working at Sanquin as a donor doctor within Medical Donor Affairs since 2007. She teaches donor assistants and interns.

  • Ivan Bank

    Dr. Ivan Bank, internist haematologist/transfusion specialist Sanquin Unit Transfusion Medicine Unit Expertise: hemostasis, thrombosis, hematology, transfusion medicine, education. Modules: Module Hemostasis (coordinator and teacher), Module Application blood products (teacher)

  • Kim Dijkman

    Kim is a Project Officer at the Sanquin Academy & Hid. Has experience in planning and organizing events and training and gets a lot of energy from contact with people. She also focuses on keeping the Sanquin Academy website and the Hid website up to date. Please contact Kim at about questions about the website, communication and planned events and training.

  • Liselot Bomers

    Liselot is a professionalization & collaboration consultant. Experienced leadership coach and designer of meaningful encounters. Her expertise lies in behavioral change issues. She provides various training courses on didactics, leadership and (team) cooperation. Her focus is on connection, inspiration and development. ‘Our lives take on meaning in interaction – ensure an open mind and a warm heart’

  • Marianne Thewissen

    Marianne Thewissen, Donor doctor KNMG (Profile doctor) Department: MDZ Nijmegen Expertise: ferritin handler, intern supervisor Modules: DASIO V, 2-yearly medical lesson donor assistants, webinars interns.

  • Masja de Haas

    After her medical training at Sanquin Research, Masja delved into issues in the field of immune reactions against blood. Sanquin Diagnostics advise clinical chemists, doctors and midwives on this type of problem. She also enjoys sharing this knowledge, both during the education of (bio)medical students at the LUMC, where she works as a professor, and during the various immunohematology modules: IHIIA and IHIIB, or on location or online for custom courses.

  • Marinke van 't Hoff

    Marinke van 't Hoff is an experienced legal advisor, manager, mediator and trainer. With an eye for all interests. Since 2001 Marinke enjoys working in complex environments of spatial issues. The interests are often large and diverse. She regularly supervises mediations and negotiations, with both public and private parties. It also develops (new) processes and strategies for collaboration with parties. Marinke also provides training in the field of mediation and collaboration. She also coaches/advises boards of directors, management and employees about collaboration within and outside the organisation.'

  • Monique Verschuur

    Monique has been working for Sanquin Blood Bank within the Donor Affairs department for over 30 years. She is a team leader at the collection location in Den Bosch. In this role she was involved 10 years ago in setting up the DASIO training, both in theory and in practice. In practice, they started working with practical counselors who provide “on-the-job training”. The module Didactic Skills for practical counselors has been created to provide practical guidance to the Practitioners. She is an enthusiastic practical trainer who likes to link practical examples to theory. For this she uses her many years of experience as a team leader.

  • Peter Lighthart

    Peter has been working for Sanquin in the Immunohematology Diagnostics department for over 30 years. His expertise is erythrocyte blood groups, serological and genetic and the link between them. He has been teaching for about 25 years. He teaches the modules IHDIIA, IHDIIB, Blood transfusion a problem?, Immunohematology and Blood Banking. He gets the most satisfaction from simplifying complex subjects, preferably with simple figures, and making participants enthusiastic about his favorite subjects.

  • Thomas Klei

    Thomas has a background in biomedical sciences. He works at Sanquin Blood Bank as a manager in the Product and Process Development (PPO) department. His specialty is red blood cell breakdown. PPO is a research department where they try to optimize the quality of existing blood products on the one hand and to develop new blood products for which there is a demand from hospitals on the other. Together with Dirk de Korte, he provides the module 'Taking donor blood'. In this module they discuss topics such as the design of blood bag systems, blood collection, storage conditions and bacterial contamination.

  • Yentl Dirks

    Yentl is a Project Officer at the Sanquin Academy & Hid. She recently graduated for the master Strategy, Advice & Change Management. She enjoys going the extra mile for customers and teachers to provide them with the best possible service. Contact Yentl via about questions about the website, communication and planned events and training.