Patricia Dankers studied chemistry at Radboud University (Nijmegen, the Netherlands), where she majored in biochemistry and organic chemistry. In 2002, she started her PhD research at Eindhoven University of Technology under supervision of prof. E.W. (Bert) Meijer, developing and studying supramolecular bioactive biomaterials by introducing a modular approach. After her PhD defense in 2006, she became a research scientist at the SupraPolix company in Eindhoven and a researcher at the laboratory of Pathology and Medical Biology at the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG). At UMCG she initiated the Dutch bioartificial kidney project together with Prof. Marja J.A. van Luyn. In 2008, Patricia Dankers was appointed as assistant professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2010 she was a visiting professor in the research group of Prof. Samuel I. Stupp at the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University, Chicago (USA). In 2013, she defended her second PhD thesis, this time in the medical sciences and at Groningen University, with her study on kidney regenerative medicine. In 2014, she was appointed associate professor at TU/e and in 2017 full professor of Biomedical Materials. Patricia Dankers is a Veni (2008) and Vidi (2017) laureate and received an ERC starting grant in 2012. She has been awarded various grants and awards, such as the DSM Science & Technology award and the Pauline van Wachem award (for the best thesis in biomaterials research and tissue engineering). Since 2015 she is a member of De Jonge Akademie (DJA) of the KNAW and in 2016 she joined the board of DJA.
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Joachim Miguel Oliveira, PhD is a Principal Investigator
“Investigador FCT 2012 and Investigador FCT 2015”
at the PT Government Associate Laboratory ICVS/3B’s.
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Moroni studied Biomedical Engineering
at Polytechnic University of Milan, Italy, and Nanoscale
Sciences at Chalmers Technical University, Sweden.
Dr. Samuel M. Hudson was educated at
North Carolina State University and holds a doctorate
in Fiber and Polymer Science
George Mihov is a Science Fellow at DSM Biomedical.
His focus areas of research are Drug Delivery
Phil Coates has a major research in-process measurements
on polymers,real time computer control, analysis
and computer modelling of polymer processing.
In 2001 he joined DSM Performance Materials Research
and initiated the Functional Coating Innovation platform
known today as DSM's Advanced Solar Business Unit.
Robert Howard Grubbs is an American chemist and
the Victor and Elizabeth Atkins Professor of Chemistry at
the California Institute of Technology in Southern California.
In 2014, Patricia was appointed associate professor
at TU/e and in 2017 full professor of Biomedical Materials.
Harm-Anton Klok is Full Professor at the Institutes of
Materials and Chemical Sciences and Engineering at
the Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne.
Anne Ritter holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry
from ETH Zurich. She started at Evonik in Germany
Jerome Vachon worked from 2006 to 2008 at the University
of Groningen on synthesis and grafting on surface of
molecular motors towards the visulisation of theirmotion by
Since 2015 Christian is working as Device Development
Engineer and Principal Engineer in the global unit Pen
Platform Development at Sanofi
Christine Jerome completed her PhD in
the field of electropolymerization in 1998 at
the University of Liege, Belgium.
Dimitri Ivanov is a Research Director at the
French CNRS at the 'Institut de Sciences des Matériaux
de Mulhouse'- IS2M (UMR 7361).