Moniek G.J. Schmitz

“Control of antimicrobial and anti-biofilm activity is crucial to get in-situ biomaterials closer to the clinic”

Moniek Schmitz obtained a bachelor and master degree in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. She graduated on the project: ‘unravelling the surface tunability of supramolecular polymer materials at the molecular level with super-resolution microscopy.’ During her project she worked in the biomedical chemistry group of prof. Bert Meijer and prof. Patricia Dankers. Moniek completed her master with an internship in the group of prof. Julie Gough at the University of Manchester. Here she worked on cellulose nanowhiskers (CNW) biomaterials for tissue engineering applications and investigated the cell response of osteoblasts to oriented CNW materials. Currently, Moniek is a PhD candidate in the Dankerslab and is involved in the NEWPOL project in collaboration with dr. Bas Zaat at Amsterdam Medical Centre, funded by NWO/DPI. She is developing a multi-functional supramolecular biomaterial with both antimicrobial and regenerative activity.