My personal goal is to combine biology and chemistry with engineering strategies to develop novel models and create innovative treatments for cancer.
In 2011, I started my study Biomedical Technologies at the University of Twente, where I obtained my Bachelors degree in 2014. Afterwards I continued the Master Biomedical Engineering in Twente, with special focus on Bionanotechnology & Advanced Biomanufacturing. During that time I developed a particular interest in nanomedicine and targeted therapeutics.
In 2016, I obtained my Masters degree cum laude with an average grade of 9.1/10. My final assigment was performed in the group of Jai Prakash under supervision of Jonas Schnittert and had the title "Lipoxin A4 as potential agent to inhibit the tumor-promoting effects of pancreatic stellate cells in the tumor microenvironment". The final grade for my thesis was a 10/10.
For my Master thesis I 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. Furthermore I achieved the 2nd place in the Twente Graduate School Award for excellent Master students at the University of Twente.
During an internship in 2015/2016, performed in the Khademhosseini Lab at the Harvard Medical School/ Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Boston, MA, USA, I was able to gain great experience in the field of 3D Bioprinting for tissue engineering and regenerative medicine. The internsuip was a great experience for me and I gained a lot of experinece for my future career. The internship (as part of my Master program) was eventually graded a 10/10.
I started my PhD project in the group of Jai Prakash in 2017. The NWO-KWF funded project is performed together with the group of Prof. Dr. Raymond Schiffelers at the University Medical Center (UMC) Utrecht.
The approach taken in this project is to implant radiation therapy and chemotherapeutic agents locally in the brain after tumor resection and create a micro-environment that attacks remaining tumor cells and prevents tumor proliferation and recurrence.
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