Dr Eelo Gitz

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Cardiovascular and Respiratory Sciences


Contact details

Centre for Cardiovascular Sciences
Institute of Biomedical Research
College of Medical and Dental Sciences
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT


Eelo is a postdoctoral research fellow investigating the role of platelets in haemostasis and immunity, both in a clinical and experimental setting.


  • PhD, Biomedical Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2013. Dissertation: Glycoprotein Ibα clustering in platelet storage and function. Supervisors: prof. dr. Jan-Willem Akkerman and dr. Rolf Urbanus
  • MSc, Biomedical Sciences, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, 2009


Eelo is specifically interested in how the platelet receptors glycoprotein (GP) Ibα (the receptor for von Willebrand factor), GPVI (the collagen receptor) and CLEC-2 (the receptor for Podoplanin) are involved in platelet lifespan, arterial thrombus formation, and platelet interaction with immune cells. Currently, Eelo is investigating proteolysis of platelet ITAM receptors and the origin of microparticles in plasma during inflammatory diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis. The focus lies on understanding the molecular mechanisms and clinical relevance of these biological processes.


Gitz E, Koopman CD, Koekman CA, van den Heuvel DJ, Deckmyn H, Akkerman JW, Gerritsen HC and Urbanus RT (2013) Platelet interaction with von Willebrand factor is enhanced by shear-induced clustering of glycoprotein Ibα. Haematologica 98(11):1810-8

Urbanus RT, van der Wal DE, Koekman CA, Huisman A, van den Heuvel DJ, Gerritsen HC, Deckmyn H, Akkerman JW, Schutgens RE and Gitz E (2013) Patient autoantibodies induce platelet destruction signals via raft-associated glycoprotein Ibα and FcγRIIa in immune thrombocytopenia. Haematologica  98(7):e70-2

Gerrits AJ, Gitz E, Koekman CA, Visseren FL, van Haeften TW and Akkerman JW (2012) Induction of insulin resistance by the adipokines resistin, leptin, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 and retinol binding protein 4 in human megakaryocytes. Haematologica 97(8):1149-1157

Gitz E, Koekman CA, van den Heuvel DJ, Deckmyn H, Akkerman JW, Gerritsen HC and Urbanus RT (2012) Improved platelet survival after cold storage by prevention of glycoprotein Ibalpha clustering in lipid rafts. Haematologica 97(12):1873-1881

van der Wal DE*, Gitz E*, Du VX, Lo KS, Koekman CA, Versteeg S and Akkerman JW (2012) Arachidonic acid depletion extends survival of cold-stored platelets by interfering with the [glycoprotein Ibalpha--14-3-3zeta] association. Haematologica 97(10):1514-1522 *Both authors contributed equally to this study

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