Tim ten Brink

PhD Student

Designing and fabricating 3D scaffolds with intrinsic and controllable mechanical instruction for improved osteochondral tissue regeneration

Tim completed his Bachelor at the University College Venlo where he researched a broad range of biomedical focused areas, including molecular microbiology, pharmacology and biochemistry. A growing interest in Regenerative Medicine and the promising applications of Bioprinting led him towards a master in Biomedical Sciences at Maastricht University whilst simultaneously joining the Faculty of Physiology to conduct research on the pathophysiology of atrial fibrillation. Working in close collaboration with the MERLN institute, Tim’s Master focused on the development of optimized Biomaterials for in-vivo implantation, where his thesis aimed at the fabrication of biomechanically accurate Tissue Engineered Vascular Grafts.

With an aspiration to conduct research bridging the fundamental and translational interface, Tim joined MERLN as a PhD candidate on August 2021 under the 3D-Mentor project. His project concerns the development of tailorable 3D scaffolds used in the treatment of skeletal tissue damage at the osteochondral interface, utilizing naturally occurring biological design principles to fabricate scaffolds with tunable mechanical properties in order to control cell behavior and improve multilayered tissue regeneration. As deterioration of cartilage is an increasingly pressing ailment in the elderly population, 3D-mentor aims at developing bioactive implants used for the replacement of damaged tissue and natural stimulation of osteochondral regeneration.


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