For his scientific work, van Blitterswijk has received a number of prestigious international awards including the George Winter award of the European society for Biomaterials, the Career Achievement Award of the Tissue Engineering and Regenerative Medicine International Society, and election as a member of the KNAW. Clemens van Blitterswijk graduated as cell biologist at Leiden University in 1982 and defended his PhD thesis in 1985 at the same university.
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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.
The main focus of her research group is on synthetic bone graft substitutes, bioinorganics and high-throughput approaches in biomaterials research. She has published over 50 scientific papers and a number of book chapters. For her research, she received prestigious Veni and Aspasia grants of the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research among other external research funds.