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Prof. dr. Jan de Boer

Jan de Boer is a full professor of applied cell biology and the chair of cBITE at the MERLN Institute, University of Maastricht, the Netherlands. Prof. de Boer obtained his PhD in the lab of Jan Hoeijmakers at the Erasmus MC Rotterdam in 1999 on mouse models for premature ageing, after which he worked as a postdoc at the MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology in Cambridge, UK.

In 2002, he started as a research associate at IsoTis B.V. in Bilthoven where his research focused on bone tissue engineering, with special emphasis on the use of stem cells. In December 2003, de Boer was appointed associate professor at the University of Twente. After a 12 month sabbatical at the Wyss Institute and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, both in Boston, MA, he became full professor and chair of the department for Cell Biology-inspired Tissue Engineering (cBITE) at the Merln Institute in 2014.

Research at cBITE is dedicated to understanding and applying basic cell biological principles in the field of biomedical engineering, in particular in the regeneration of bone tissue. The research program is characterized by a holistic approach to both discovery and application, aiming at combining high throughput technologies, computational modeling and experimental cell biology to streamline the wealth of biological knowledge to real clinical applications.

He received a career development grant (VIDI) on the topic of vascularised bone tissue engineering, is author of >100 scientific papers, including articles in Science, Molecular Cell, J. Exp. Med., Adv. Materials and PNAS. He is former chair of the Netherlands Society of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering, editorial board member of several journals and co-founder and CSO of the biotech company Materiomics B.V.