Niels Willemen studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente with a specialization in Bionanotechnology and Advanced Biomanufacturing. He spent 7 months as an intern in the Shin Lab at the Harvard-MIT and Brigham and Woman's Hospital in Boston. During that time he focused on the use of oxygen-releasing microparticles for engineerd tissue constructs. For his MSc thesis he worked on tunable cell-adhesive microgels for steering stem cell behaviour in tissue microconstructs. In April 2021 he graduated cum laude at the Developmental BioEngineering group at the University of Twente.
Since July 2021 he started as a PhD student in the Developmental BioEngineering group under the supervision of prof. Jeroen Leijten to work on designing hierarchically organized living tissues with emergent mechanoproperties.