Dr. Teunissen, L.P.J.

Post-doctoral researcher Thermo-regulation in sports
Department Design Engineering
Section Emerging Materials


Dr. Lennart Teunissen is a postdoctoral researcher thermophysiology at the department of Design Engineering, with a scientific interest in the optimization of human health and performance. He is working on two projects (Thermo Tokyo: Beat the heat and Citius Altius Fortius; injury-free exercise for everyone) that aim to ensure safe and optimal exercise performance for athletes training and competing in the heat, with a focus on the development of smart personalized cooling strategies. This connects well to his PhD project at the Faculty of Human Movement Sciences (VU University) and research institute TNO (Training & Performance Innovations) concerning body temperature determination, heat stress and performance. 

Next to his part-time position at TU Delft, Lennart works as a research coordinator at the Princess Máxima Center for child oncology on a large clinical study regarding late adverse health outcomes in Dutch childhood cancer survivors. Further, he is member of the Sports Committee of the Dutch Society for Human Movement Sciences (VvBN). In addition to his scientific interest, Lennart is also engaged in human movement in practice, being eightfold medalist at the national championships triple jump, certified track and field trainer and mentor of novice trainers.


  • 2017 
    Basic course on Regulations and Organisation for clinical investigators (BROK)
  • 2014
    Prince2 Foundation
  • 2008 – 2012
    PhD, Human Movement Sciences, Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam / TNO Training & Performance Innovations
    'Measurement and manipulation of body temperature in rest and exercise' 
  • 2007
    Research internship University of Colorado (USA) - independent effects of body weight and body mass on the metabolic cost of running
  • 2006
    Educational course (tertiary level)
  • 2006
    Research internship VU University Amsterdam - influence of pacing strategy on energy expenditure in high intensity cycling
  • 2006
    Gerrit-Jan van Ingen Schenau Award for Promising Young Scientists
  • 2005
    Practical internship at LifeGuard health & performance management
  • 2001 – 2007
    MSc, Human Movement Sciences, VU University, Amsterdam (cum laude)


  • 2018 – present
    Postdoctoral researcher thermoregulation in sports
    TU Delft, Design Engineering
  • 2017 – present
    Research coordinator / central datamanager SKION LATER Study
    Dutch Childhood Oncology Group (DCOG), Princess Máxima Center for child oncology
  • 2013 – 2016
    Researcher / project manager innovative technology in sportsphysiotherapy
    Research teacher of master students 
    Saxion, Lectorate of Health and Human Movement, Enschede
  • 2005 – 2008
    LifeGuard Health Management
    Product development
  • 2004 – 2005
    Student assistant exercise physiology, Hogeschool van Amsterdam / VU University Amsterdam 

Secondary employment

Research coordinator at the Dutch Childhood Oncology Group, Princess Máxima Center for pediatric oncology, Utrecht

Involvement in (research) projects