Who are you, what is your background and how did you get involved in MDR?
Hello! My name is Moniek Schmitz (27) and in March I started within MDR as PhD student. I received both my bachelor and master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. In June 2017, I started my PhD in the group of prof. Patricia Dankers.
Tell us a little bit more about the research you are planning to do within MDR.
In my project we aim to develop a polymeric supramolecular material, exerting two important functions. The material has to prevent microbial adhesion and thereby prevent biofilm formation, and has to induce endogenous (eukaryotic) cells to repair the body. Therefore we aim to develop a multi-functional supramolecular material with eukaryotic cell-adhesive and regenerative peptide sequences in conjunction with antimicrobial peptide sequence preventing bacterial colonization. This project is performed in close collaboration with Bas Zaat at the Amsterdam Medical Centre.
Who is your biggest example in science and why?
My biggest example in science is Jane Goodall because of her determination and grate achievements in science. I admire how she keeps on fighting for a better world, educates new generations and creates chances for innovative ideas via the Jane Goodall Institute.
What do you do in your free time and how can we recognize the typical Moniek?
In my spare time, I love to dance (modern jazz), swim and hike in nature. Besides that, I enjoy playing the piano, travel and spend time with my friends and family.