Nico SommerdijkNico Sommerdijk is Professor in the Department of Biochemistry at the Radboud Institute for Molecular Life Sciences. His research interests are the (bio)chemistry and structure of collagen, in particular the mechanisms of assembly, crosslinking and mineralization, as well as the translation of this fundamental knowledge to novel therapies in biomedicine. Sommerdijk obtained his PhD (cum laude) from Radboud University Nijmegen in 1995, in the field of supramolecular chemistry under the supervision of Profs B. Zwanenburg and R. Nolte.
After postdoctoral work at the University of Kent (UK) and Radboud University, he moved to Eindhoven University of Technology to work on bioinspired hybrid materials, using biomineralization as a source of inspiration for materials chemistry. In Eindhoven he founded the Center of Multiscale Electron Microscopy where he pioneered the use of cryo-electron microscopy in materials science. In 2018 he obtained an ERC advanced grant entitled "A Google Earth Approach to Understanding Collagen Mineralization” to study biomineralization processes in “living in-vitro systems”.
In August 2019 he moved to Nijmegen where his group works on two interwoven research lines: i) The investigation of collagen mineralization in both physiological and pathological situations; ii) Nanomaterials for biomedical applications. In addition he established the Radboud Electron Microscopy Center that supports the advanced electron microscopic analysis of biological materials.
Personal prizes & awards national & international
- 2015: Royal Society of Chemistry Soft Matter and Biophysical Chemistry Award
- 2015: “Leaders of the Field” program Royal Society of Chemistry
- 2013: Nomination “Golden Lecturer of the Year 2013” Royal Netherlands Chemical Society
- 2003: NWO VICI Award (2010)• NWO VIDI Award