Who are you, what is your background and how did you get involved in MDR?
Originally a mechanical/manufacturing engineer, I always found biology and medicine fascinating and after a couple of years of work in the industry did masters and PhD in the fields of biomedical engineering and biofabrication respectively, prior to becoming a postdoc at the UU\UMC in the group of Prof. Malda.
Tell us a little bit more about the research you are planning to do within MDR.
In the Malda group I am working on converging melt electrowriting with other 3D printing technologies for cardiovascular and musculoskeletal TE applications. Since my position implies the work with multiple 3D (bio) printing techniques, I was suggested to contribute to the MDR enabling technologies platform, that would allow researchers from the partner groups efficiently make use of each other’s facilities and knowledge and promote the collaboration between the research groups and institutions.
Who is your biggest example in science and why?
On one hand, before I became a researcher, I was always impressed by the scientists who contributed to several, virtually unrelated fields (e.g., H. Helmholtz), on the other hand, the longer I stay in science, the more I appreciate the role of such people as R. Feynman, who, next to the research contribution, excelled at teaching and science popularization.
What do you do in your free time and how can we recognize the typical Andrei?
Depending on the mood, I enjoy bouldering and hiking, both alone (when a portion of brooding is needed) and with friends.