Marcel's personal goal is to combine biology and chemistry with engineering strategies to develop novel models and create innovative treatments for cancer.
In 2016, Marcel obtained his Masters degree cum laude from the University of Twente for which he was awarded the KNCV Golden Master Award 2016 from the Royal Netherlands Chemical Society for the best Master thesis in a (bio)chemistry related field in the Netherlands. His thesis focused on the development of a novel lipoxin-based therapy for pancreatic cancer.
During the graduation phase he was pre-doctoral research fellow at the Khademhosseini Lab at Harvard Medical School in Boston, MA, USA where he was able to gain additional experience in the field of 3D bioprinting for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. After his Masters he continued as a PhD student at the University of Twente working on a NWO/KWF funded project in the group of Jai Prakash.
In 2022 he obtained the degree PhD cum laude. The main focus of his thesis was to design and develop novel 3D in vitro cell culture models using 3D biofabrication technologies such as spheroids or bioprinting to mimic the tumor microenvironment of glioblastoma multiforme and pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma. These models were used to study the cellular crosstalk between cancer cells and their environment in greater detail and to evaluate novel drug candidates.
Currently Marcel works as a PostDoc at the University of Twente, continuing his work in novel 3D models.
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In the press
"Marcel Heinrich wins second prize at the FIGON DMD"
"3D-printed tumor model shows interaction with immune cells 'Friend or foe'"
"KCNV Golden Master Award 2016"