I am an expert in colloid and polymer chemistry. My main goal is to develop efficient colloidal particles for imaging and therapy. I obtained my M.Sc.-equivalent (Dipl.-Chem.) in biomedical chemistry from the University of Mainz, Germany, and Ph.D. in colloid chemistry from the Technical University of Berlin, together with Fraunhofer IMM and Federal Institute for Materials Research (Berlin, Germany). Bridging chemistry with biomedical research, I did my postdoc at the Tumor Immunology Lab at Radboud University Medical Center in Nijmegen (NL). There, I developed novel imaging agents for imaging cancer immunotherapies with ultrasound and 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging. Subsequently, at Max Planck Institute for Polymer Research and collaborative Max-Planck-Twente Center, I expanded my work to the assembly of nanoparticles to supraparticles. I received a prestigious Feodor Lynen Fellowship for Experienced Researchers to continue my research at the University of Twente.
The main goal of my research is to develop nanomaterials that can improve human health. Therefore, I synthesize tailor-made nanocarriers, characterize their properties, and correlate them to function. My particular interest is in the development of agents for quantitative 19F Magnetic Resonance Imaging, combined with ultrasound imaging, and drug delivery.
I enjoy working in an interdisciplinary environment and connecting chemistry with biology and physics.
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Biodegradable nanocarriers for 19F MRI and drug delivery.