Loes Huijnen

Technician

After graduating her master track 'biological and soft matter physics' at the University of Leiden, Loes started working as a technician at MERLN institute. Here, she will combine the background she has in physics with the experience she obtained in her bachelor and master projects to investigate the binding kinetics between cells and proteins with new classes of biomaterials. For this, she will be using a novel technique called multi-wavelength surface plasmon resonance (SPR). The fundaments of this technique are based on physics and allow measuring the adsorption of material onto planar metal surfaces or onto the surface of biomaterials, such as colloidal particles. In her project, she will study two classes of dynamic biomaterials that are of growing interest in a variety of medical applications and whose binding kinetics has not been analyzed before to this extend.