Dan Jing Wu

“Supramolecular biomaterial library is a powerful tool for novel regenerative medicine purposes”

Dan Jing Wu received her Bachelor’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven university of Technology (TU/e in 2013. During her Bachelor’s program she studied a semester abroad at the Queen Mary University London to expand her knowledge in the biomedical engineering and nanotechnology field. She performed her bachelor thesis at Xilloc Medical B.V. where she focused on the cutting accuracy of an optimized 3D-printed surgical guide. She continued her Master Biomedical Engineering at TU/e in the Biomedical Chemistry group of prof. dr. Bert Meijer, under supervision of prof. dr. dr. Patricia Dankers. During her Master’s program she enrolled in three extracurricular programs: (1) the honors program “Netherlands Research School of Chemical Biology”, (2) Entrepreneurship and technology and (3) Technical Management. For her master thesis she initiated a collaboration with the Catharina Hospital, in which she developed a sustained drug delivery system for peritoneal carcinomatosis using supramolecular polymers, for which she received the best pitch and poster award during the BME Research Day 2015. Additionally, she performed an internship in the group of prof. dr. Dietmar Hutmacher at the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane (Australia), where she investigated melt electrospun scaffolds for in vitro and in vivo biomedical applications, and received her Master’s degree in 2016. Subsequently, she started her PhD research at TU/e in the Biomedical Materials and Chemistry group under supervision of prof. dr. dr. P.Y.W. Dankers, in collaboration with prof. dr. C.V.C. Bouten. In her PhD research, she focused on the development of adaptive supramolecular biomaterials via chemistry and engineering. She won the best pitch award at Famelab TU/e 2019 and the KNCV Spotlight prize 2020. Currently, she is involved in the development of biomaterials and designing the road map towards valorisation and clinical translation of the research activities.

Next to her scientific career, she is designer and co-founder of the Dutch fashion label NOYA NOIR. She was nominated in de VIVA400 as one of the ambitious and enterprising women of 2019. Additionally, she was selected as a ‘Faces of Science’ young ambassador from the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) to inspire and motivate young scientists. She became a member of De Balie STUDIO Amsterdam, Talent Talks and ambassador of Omroep Groen to pursue a prominent role for science in the media with a transparent and gender equality representation.