MDR Colloquium September

During the MDR Colloquium MDR researchers will share their latest findings and outcomes to the rest of the consortium and ISAB members. Every month one junior and one senior researcher will take the floor to show their work and get feedback. You can find the complete program here.
You can join the meeting via the Outlook invitation you received.

In September the MDR Colloquium will take place on the 8th at 16:00h (CET), see the invitation here.


Laura Rijns – Eindhoven University of Technology – “Probing the cell-material interface using bioactive supramolecular assemblies”

Laura Rijns obtained her BSc (2017) and MSc (2019) in Biomedical Engineering at TU/e, with her graduation thesis in the group of prof. Bert Meijer in supramolecular chemistry. During her studies, she was the lab captain of the iGEM TU/e 2016 team and participated in a summer internship at UC Santa Barbara in biophysics. She completed her master’s with a final internship at EPFL (Switzerland) in the programmable biomaterials laboratory of prof. Maartje Bastings, combining DNA origami and multivalency. Currently, Laura is a PhD student at TU/e under guidance of prof. Patricia Dankers and prof. Bert Meijer, focused on supramolecular biomaterials to better understand the cell – material interface.

Dr. Aurélie CarlierMERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine “Unravelling the design principles of the fundamental building blocks of life”

Aurélie Carlier is tenure track assistant professor at the MERLN Institute in Maastricht, the Netherlands. She received her MSc in Biomedical Engineering in 2010 and her PhD degree in Biomedical Engineering in 2014, both at the KU Leuven, Belgium. During her PhD she also visited the Systems Biology Laboratory at the Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, USA. Her research interests encompass the multiscale computational modelling of biological processes, with a particular focus on bone tissue engineering applications and cell-biomaterial interactions and using a range of data-driven to mechanistic modelling approaches. Aurélie Carlier is the author of 30 ISI indexed journal papers, 2 book chapters and over 80 full conference proceedings and abstracts. Her research achievements have been awarded with a number of distinctions, including the Student Award of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB, 2012), the Reinhart Heinrich Doctoral Thesis Award by the European Society for Mathematical and Theoretical Biology (ESMTB, 2015) and the Best Doctoral Thesis Award by the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB, 2015). She has also been elected as member of the Tissue Engineering Young Investigator Council (TEN YIC, 2016) and received a prestigious VENI career development grant (0.25 M€) from the Dutch Science Foundation. She has been elected as board member of the Dutch Society for Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (NBTE) as well as of the European Society of Biomechanics (ESB) where she serves as chair of the student and education committee. Besides her research, she is co-founder and vice-chair of FEM (Female Empowerment Maastricht University), a network to discuss and tackle gender issues.

Moderator: Nino Chirico