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Namedr. SWS Gussekloo

Job details
DescriptionAssistant Professor
OrganizationDepartment of Animal Sciences
Organization UnitExperimental Zoology
Phone+31 317 482 734
Secretarial phone+31 317 483 509
Phone 2+31 317 483 509
Fax+31 317 483 962
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Visiting addressDe Elst 1
Postal addressPostbus 338
DescriptionAssistant Professor
OrganizationDepartment of Animal Sciences
Organization UnitExperimental Zoology
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Side activities
  • - Geen nevenwerkzaamheden
    Jan 2021 - Present


I received my PhD in Evolutionary Morphology at Leiden University on the topic of cranial adaptations during early avian diversification. After receiving my PhD I started at the Delft University of Technology were I contributed to an interfaculty research project aimed to optimize all relevant steps in the procedure to place partial or complete shoulder prostheses, including the design, the operational procedures and the actual placement of the prostheses. This all to improve the post-operative shoulder functionality of patients. This research project was in collaboration with the medical centres of the Erasmus University Rotterdam and Leiden University.

I transferred to Faculty of Veterinary Sciences at Utrecht University to become an Assistant Professor at the department of Veterinary Anatomy and Physiology. I lectured veterinary anatomy, physiology, general zoology and evolutionary biology to student in veterinary and biomedical sciences. I also lectured at the Utrecht Liberal Arts College (Utrecht University College), and had a part-time appointment at the University of Amsterdam to improve their general zoology course. My research on avian evolution continued, alongside projects on the biomechanics of animal locomotion, investigating the effects of disease in horses and dogs.

In 2008 I came to Wageningen University to focus again on biology, were I teach courses for students in Biology and Animal Sciences. I continue my research on avian evolution and biomechanics analyses of animal locomotion aimed to cure health problems in cows and other animals. In addition I participate in two bioinspired design projects investigating swimming in seahorses as inspiration for underwater robots, and ovipositors of parasitic wasps as inspiration for steerable medical needles. (photo Bram van de Straat)

WASP project in the spotlight


Expert Profile
Social media
  Sander Gussekloo on ResearchGate
  Sander Gussekloo on Linkedin

Publication lists


Research Projects

  • Prevention of claw-disorders due to claw-floor interaction in dairy cows
    (PhD project Wijbrand Ouweltjes)
  • WASP – Hymenopteran ovipositors as model for ultra-thin steerable needle for solid-organ interventions. In cooperation with TU Delft
    (PhD project Uros Cerkvenik)
  • Effect of protein/energy ratio on muscle developmenent in Nile Tilapia
    (PhD project Gauthier Konnert)
  • Cranial adaptations in early avian diversification
  • Ecomorphology of flight performance in birds
  • Wing dynamics in Hummingbirds

Winner of the National Academic Annual Award (Academische Jaarprijs) 2010 with Team Flight artists



Educational tasks within WUR:

Former chair of the Program Committee Biology (BSc & MSc)

Contact person for biology students interested in a thesis/internship @ EZO (BSc & MSc)


  • Biology of Invertebrates, Algae and Fungi (EZO-20306)
    (Including fieldcourse Wimereux)


  • Human and Animal Biology 1 (EZO-10306)
  • Human and Animal Biology 2 (HAP-20306)
  • Basic Principles of Vertebrate Zoology (EZO-21803)
    This course was awarded an EXCELLENT EDUCATION PRIZE 2015
  • Marine Life (EZO-22806)
  • Functional Zoology (EZO-30806)
  • Vertebrate Structure and Function (EZO-31306)
  • KNAW course Laboratory Animal Science (birds specific part)


Policymaking positions in education

  • Policymaking committee "Revision Calender Academic Year" (2018)
  • Policymaking committee "Revised teaching methods and funding of courses" (2012-2014)
  • Policymaking committee  "Wageningse Onderwijsfilosofie" (2014-2015)
  • Jury Education Innovation proposals 2015 & 2016
  • Boardmember Teachers Lounge Wageningen University
  • EZO-20306 - Invertebrates, Algae & Fungi
  • EZO-20406 - Invertebrates, Algae & Fungi, no dissect
  • EZO-30806 - Functional Zoology
  • EZO-31306 - Vertebrate Structure and Function
  • EZO-70424 - MSc Internship Experimental Zoology
  • EZO-79324 - MSc Research Practice Experimental Zoology
  • EZO-80424 - MSc Thesis Experimental Zoology
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