Dr. Maarsingh joined PBA in 2013 from the University of Groningen (The Netherlands) where he worked as a post-doctoral fellow and lecturer in the department of molecular pharmacology. He enjoys teaching and interacting with students and is an instructor in several courses throughout the Pharm.D. program. He teaches pharmacology and pathophysiology of diseases in foundational courses and pharmacotherapy series each semester. Dr. Maarsingh’s teaching philosophy can be summarized in three words: excellence, interaction and enthusiasm. He likes to introduce new experimental findings in his teaching and to invite students to participate in one of his other passions: research. The main focus of his research is on respiratory pharmacology in relation to the pathophysiology of asthma and COPD. His research lines include targeting of the L-arginine metabolome (nitric oxide synthase and arginase) and the cAMP pathway (PKA, Epac, AKAPs and PDEs) to treat airway (hyper)responsiveness, inflammation and remodeling. Using a combination of in vivo animal models for asthma and COPD, ex vivo studies using isolated organs/tissues and in vitro techniques in cultured cells, he identified novel pharmacological targets for the treatment of asthma and COPD. This has resulted in multiple publications in international peer-reviewed journals. Dr. Maarsingh and his wife Marianne have four beautiful young daughters: Kirsten, Else, Rhodé and Amy. The Maarsingh family is actively involved in their church in leading worship and Bible studies. They feel that God called them to Florida to serve Him and the students at PBA.
PHD in Mathematics and Natural Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen | BS/MS in Pharmaceutical Sciences, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen