Paul Wieringa

Principal Investigator

Paul Wieringa, PhD, is an Assistant Professor leading the Neural Engineering activities in the Complex Tissue Engineering Department of the MERLN Institute for Technology-Inspired Regenerative Medicine at Maastricht University. Trained as an Integrated Engineer at the University of British Columbia, Canada, he received funding from the Natural Science and Engineering Research Council (NSERC) of Canada to develop his research in the area of peripheral nerve interfaces and completed his co-Ph.D. in 2014 from the University of Twente and Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Italy (cum laude) on the biofabrication of scaffolds for regenerative neural interfaces.

This was followed by a post-doctoral fellowship from 2014 to 2017 at the MERLN Institute on technological development of electrospinning, melt electrowriting (MEW), and hybrid scaffolds to create specifically designed cell micro-niches for neural and regenerative medicine applications. In 2017, he was awarded the VENI personal grant by the NWO and was promoted to Assistant Professor in 2018, with a research focus on developing 3D in vitro platforms to explore the role of pancreas innervation in Diabetes as well as the impact of innervation on other tissues and pathologies.

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