Ruben uroscopy

I'm a historian and museum curator, specialising in the history of bodily fluids and the material culture of early modern science and medicine. I recently defended my dissertation Fluid Bodies: Physiology and Chemistry in the Eighteenth-Century Boerhaave School (2018) at the University of Groningen. I currently work at COMM Museum voor Communicatie in The Hague, and at the Erasmus University Medical Centre in Rotterdam. As of 2019, I am visiting research fellow at the Groningen Research Institute for the Study of Culture.

Curriculum Vitae


  • PhD, University of Groningen (History), 2018
  • MA, Utrecht University (History), 2010
  • BA, University College Utrecht (Liberal Arts), 2007


  • Curator of medical collections, Erasmus MC, 2018–current
  • Curator of postal history, Museum for Communication, 2017–current
  • PhD Candidate, University of Groningen, 2013–2017
  • Editorial Assistant at Isis Journal, Utrecht University, 2014
  • Teaching Assistant, Utrecht University, 2010–2013
  • Librarian, Dutch Railway Museum, 2011–2013
  • Collection & Information Specialist, University Museum Utrecht, 2010–2011


  • Visiting Research Fellowship, Groningen Institute for the Study of Culture, 2019
  • Herzog-Ernst Fellowship, Research Library Gotha, Erfurt University, 2017
  • Santorio Fellowship for Medical Humanities and Science, Pisa, 2017
  • Van de Sande Fellowship, Scaliger Institute, Leiden University, 2016
  • Visiting PhD Student, Department of History and Philosophy of Science, Cambridge, 2015


Erasmus MC: r.verwaal [at] erasmusmc.nl

Museum voor Communicatie: ruben.verwaal [at] comm.nl

University of Groningen: r.e.verwaal [at] rug.nl