Anika studied Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente and moved to Maastricht to perform her master thesis at MERLN under supervision of Prof. Pamela Habibovic (IBE). There she focused on the invasiveness of Staphylococcus aureus into bone cells by studying the effect of silver-doped calcium phosphates on osteogenic, angiogenic and osteomyelitis-related gene expression of MG63s and hMSCs. To learn more about 3D printing and the interface between cells and biomaterials, she went to the Karolinska Institutet (Stockholm) to do an internship in Molly Stevens’ group on direct conversion of mouse fibroblasts to neurons on 3D printed scaffolds.
In September 2017, she started her PhD in Dr. Vanessa LaPointe’s group to explore the fascinating field of 3D cell culture by working on improving the maturation of iPSC derived kidney organoids as a graft for patients with end-stage renal disease. As part of this project, she is using advanced imaging techniques in order to investigate the micro- and nanostructure of these complex organoids.