I’m fascinated by the combination of technology and living things.
Our research group focuses on biofabrication and biomaterials design, in particular for the regeneration of (osteo)chondral defects. We’re developing novel biofabrication strategies, as well, and “bioinks” for 3D printing.
These hydrogel-based “inks” are both designed to drive specific differentiation of the embedded and/or endogenous cells, as well as to allow fabrication with high shape fidelity in order to generate constructs that further reflect the complexity of the real tissues. In addition, we’re pursuing approaches towards the translation of the biofabricated constructs in veterinary (equine) and human clinics, including their use as an in vitro platform for testing.
Finally, we’re developing biofabrication strategies and making them available to other researchers through the recently established Utrecht Biofabrication Facility.