Denise de Bont was born in 1993 (Goirle, the Netherlands). For her bachelor and master degree she went to the Eindhoven University of Technology to study Biomedical Engineering. During her masters she specialized herself into the field of tissue engineering. For her externship she went to the University of Sydney to work on the development of a new hydrogel to stabilize dental implants. Her graduation project was performed under the supervision of Prof. dr. Carlijn Bouten and dr. dr. Patricia Dankers. Here, she worked on the development of a new supramolecular electrospun mesh functionalized with ECM proteins and mussel inspired proteins, to enhance the regeneration capacity of cardiomyocyte progenitor cells after a myocardial infarction.
Since September 2017, she joined the group of Aart van Apeldoorn (CTR) to work on the development of an immunoprotective encapsulation device for islet and β-cells for clinical islet transplantation.