“The development of smart biomaterials that autonomously respond to environmental stimuli will give better understanding of complex cellular systems and will impact a range of areas in the regenerative medicine field”
Joyce Brouns obtained her bachelor and master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. In her master she focused on controlled surface functionality of supramolecular biomaterials for the development of antifouling biomaterials in the group of prof. Bert Meijer and dr. dr. Patricia Dankers. As part of her masters, she performed an internship at the Australian Institute of Bioengineering and Nanotechnology (AIBN) at the University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia in the group of prof. Alan Rowan. During the external project, she synthesized biomimetic hydrogels based on polyisocyanopeptides as a new culture system for neuronal cell growth. Currently, Joyce Brouns is a PhD candidate in the group of prof. dr. Patricia Dankers, where she will focus on the design of biomaterials with life-like properties. She will explore the introduction of dynamic reciprocity in synthetic solid materials via feed-back controlled mechanisms.