Wesley (1994) started his bachelor Biomedical Engineering in 2012 at the University of Twente. His interest was initially found in biomechanical engineering, but this soon shifted to cell biology. He joined the Developmental Bioengineering (DBE) group to conduct his bachelor thesis, on the influence of paracrine signaling of chondrocytes on tendon-derived cells.
In 2015, he started his master in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente, and chose the Bionanotechnology and Advanced Biomanufacturing mastertrack. The mandatory internship was performed abroad in the United States, at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, where he stayed for 4.5 months to study the hypoxic response of mesenchymal stem cells during chondrogenic differentiation.
In 2017, he graduated on his master thesis at the Applied Stem Cell Technologies (AST) group at the University of Twente, helping to develop an Organ-on-Chip model for age-related macular degeneration.
During his master thesis, he developed a strong interest for organ-on-chip technology, and he started as a PhD. candidate at the AST department of MIRA at the University of Twente to work on High-Density Organ-on-Chip technology, as part of the Netherlands Organ on Chip Initiative (NOCI).