Prof. dr. Pamela Habibović

Rector Magnificus Maastricht University

Prof. dr. Pamela Habibović (1977) is Professor of Inorganic Biomaterials at Maastricht University. Since February 2022, she holds the position of Rector Magnificus of Maastricht University. Habibović was a founding partner of MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine, established in 2014, and Chair of MERLN’s Department for Instructive Biomaterials Engineering. Between 2019 and 2022, she was the Scientific Director of MERLN.

Initially trained as a chemical engineer, in 2005, Habibović obtained a PhD degree from the University of Twente, the Netherlands on the topic of materials for biomedical applications. Following postdoctoral research at Children’s Hospital Boston and McGill University, in 2008, she started her research group at the University of Twente. In 2014, she moved to Maastricht University. The main focus of her research is on synthetic bone graft substitutes, bioinorganics, nanomaterials for theranostics in regenerative medicine and high-throughput approaches in biomaterials research. For her research she received prestigious Veni, Vidi, Aspasia and Gravitation grants of the Dutch Research Council NWO, among other external research funds.

She served as the President of the European Society for Biomaterials between 2017 and 2021 and as an Associate Editor of the RSC journal Biomaterials Science between 2019 and 2022. In 2017, she received the Jean Leray Award of the European Society for Biomaterials and in 2021 she was elected a Fellow of the Royal Society of Chemistry. She has published over 100 peer-review articles on the topic of biomaterials and regenerative medicine.

Contact Rector's Office

Janice Jacobs 
+31 43 38 83153

Current additional positions related to the position as Rector Magnificus

  • EWORA, Institutional Member
  • Nederlands Studenten Orkest, Member Board of Recommendation
  • Philharmonie zuidnederland, Ambassador
  • Research Project Maastricht, Member Board of Recommendation
  • Student Wellbeing, Member/President Advisory Board
  • SWUM, Board Member/President
  • Universities of the Netherlands, Member Steering Committee SOO
  • Universities of the Netherlands, Member of the Conference of Rectors
  • Regiegroep Studiesucces Caribische studenten, Member

Research publications

 Prof. dr. Pamela Habibović

Other additional positions:

  • Elsevier Journal Acta Biomaterialia, Editorial Board member
  • RegMed XB, Member Strategic Advisory Board 
  • Royal Society of Chemistry Journal Biomaterials Science, Editorial Board member
  • Wiley Journal Advanced Healthcare Materials, Editorial Board member 
  • Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, Member of the Advisory Board Starters and Incentive grants 

  • Bioceramics 34 conference, Member International Science Commission

  • World Biomaterials Congress 2024, Member International Advisory Board