As of 1 August we welcome Nico Sommerdijk as our new colleague at the RIMLS. Nico will join the department of Biochemistry, with his research group “Biochemistry of Mineralized Tissues”.
Nico Sommerdijk is Professor in Bio-inspired and Multiscale Materials and formerly worked at the Department of Chemical Engineering and Chemistry at Eindhoven University of Technology. In Eindhoven, his research focused on the study of (macro)molecular assemblies and their application as templates in bio-inspired hybrid materials synthesis. He obtained this year an ERC advanced grant entitled "A Google Earth Approach to Understanding Collagen Mineralization”.
At RIMLS, his research will address the biochemistry and structure of collagen, specifically on the mechanisms of assembly, crosslinking and mineralization, and aims to translate this fundamental knowledge to novel therapies in biomedicine. His group will work on two interwoven research lines: i) The investigation of collagen mineralization in both physiological and pathological situations; ii) Nanomaterials for biomedical applications. To perform this research at the highest possible level, advanced microscopy tools are essential. He is an world-renowned expert in electron microscopy, and will therefore contribute to the activities of the Radboud Microscopic imaging center (MIC). In addition he will expand its current infrastructure, creating an international-level electron microscopy center for the dynamic multiscale imaging of biological materials.
We wish him and his team every success in their new environment.
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