The mission of the DankersLab is to provide material solutions for regenerative medicine through development of functional biomaterials based on supramolecular chemistry
Patricia Y.W. Dankers, PhD, PhD, is associate professor in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and the department of Biomedical Engineering, in the Laboratory of Chemical Biology and the Laboratory for Cell and Tissue Engineering, at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e).
She studied chemistry at the Radboud University of Nijmegen, the Netherlands, where she majored in biochemistry and organic chemistry. During her PhD in natural sciences/chemistry at the Eindhoven University of Technology in the group of prof.dr. E.W. (Bert) Meijer, she combined her fascination for biochemistry and supramolecular chemistry. She developed and studied supramolecular bioactive biomaterials by introducing a modular approach. After her PhD defense in 2006, she worked for the company SupraPolix in Eindhoven, and in the laboratory of Pathology and Medical Biology at the University Medical Center Groningen where together with prof.dr. Marja J.A. van Luyn she initiated the bioartificial kidney project in the Netherlands. She defended her second PhD thesis in medical sciences on kidney regenerative medicine in 2013. In 2010 she worked in the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at the Northwestern University in Chicago, USA, in the research group of prof.dr. Samuel I. Stupp. Since 2014 she is an associate professor in ‘Supramolecular Biomaterials for Translational Biomedical Science’ at the Eindhoven University of Technology.
She is a Veni laureate (2008) and received an ERC starting grant (2012). In the last 7 years she acquired more than 6.5 million Euro of funding. She has been awarded various (EU) grants and awards, such as the DSM Science & Technology award, and the Pauline van Wachem award for the best thesis in biomaterials research and tissue engineering. From 2011-2013 she has been a member of the first Jonge Gezondheidsraad (JongGR). Since 2015 she is a member of De Jonge Akademie (DJA) of the KNAW and in 2016 she joined the board of DJA. Currently she is the chairman of the Netherlands Society of Biomaterials and Tissue Engineering (NBTE), and together with prof. Menno Prins responsible for the BioInspired Engineering track of ICMS. Additionally, she considers the promulgation of science to society a very important topic. Therefore, she recently developed and initiated a teaching program at primary schools about performing research (i.e. onderzoek doen), and contributed to the Dutch Design Week 2015.