Jurica Bauer graduated in chemistry from the University of Zagreb, Croatia, where he developed a passion for research and teaching. Having worked as medicinal chemist at GlaxoSmithKline for a few years Jurica moved to The Netherlands to pursue a PhD degree in the field of molecular motors and machines with Professor Feringa at the University of Groningen. As a postdoctoral researcher in the group of Professor Broer at the Eindhoven University of Technology and in collaboration with Philips Jurica developed a smart liquid-crystalline polymer coating for LEDs to fine-tune the properties of emitted light. In 2014 Jurica was appointed Lecturer in Chemistry at the Inholland University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam where he developed a new Polymer Chemistry minor and acted as graduation and internationalization coordinator. In 2020 Jurica joined the MERLN Institute at the Maastricht University as Assistant Professor of Education to coordinate the design and development of a new undergraduate study program in the field of Regenerative Medicine and Engineering. He is also involved in ongoing teaching and research activities within the institute. His interests include innovation and research in STEM education and scientific research in the field of smart nanobiomaterials for medicinal applications.