Marca Wauben heads the research group Intercellular Communication of the Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine of Utrecht University. She studied Biology at Utrecht University and performed her graduate research at the Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology of the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine (PhD cum laude, 1993). Postdoctoral training was performed at Utrecht University and at the University of California San Diego, USA. She became fellow of the Royal Academy of Arts and Sciences of the Netherlands and established her own research groups at Utrecht University, Department of Infectious Diseases & Immunology, at Leiden University Medical Center, Department of Immunohematology and Blood Transfusion and at Utrecht University, Department of Biochemistry & Cell Biology, Faculty of Veterinary Medicine. In 2011 she became full professor Intercellular Communication.
Her research group investigates the role of cell-derived vesicles (EVs) in intercellular communication in several biological systems with emphasis on the immune system. For (functional) analysis of EVs they developed specialized high resolution flow cytometry-based technology which enables single EV-based analysis. Marca Wauben is Executive Chair Science/Meetings of the International Society for Extracellular Vesicles (ISEV) and vice-chair of the EU COST Action BM1202 Microvesicles and Exosomes in Health and Disease (2012). She is one of the leaders of the new focus area of the Utrecht University; Future Food Utrecht.
Specialty: Extracellular vesicles, intercellular communication, immunology