Scientific Board



Harry van GoorProf. dr. Harry van Goor

Professor van Goor's research line includes the epidemiology, diagnosis and treatment of inflammatory and infectious surgical diseases in the abdominal cavity including early and long term postoperative healing and healing disturbances. The focus is on common surgical issues such as intra-abdominal adhesion formation, intra-abdominal infection, anastomotic healing, incisional hernia and acute and chronic visceral pain and inflammation. An important part of the research is the development and testing of new biomaterials to prevent intra-abdominal complications (e.g. adhesion formation, anastomotic healing, incisonal hernia).

Professor van Goor received his medical training in Groningen from 1975 to 1983 where he was organ procurement officer until 1986. He also did his surgical training in the Groningen region between 1986 and 1992. Subsequently, he had a vascular and transplant surgery fellowship at University Hospital Groningen between 1992 and 1994. In 1994, he became a staff member at the Department of Surgery, Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. In 1999, he was appointed associate professor of Surgery and Surgical Education. Between 2001 and 2003 he was Chef de Clinique. He became a fellow of the Royal college of Surgery in 2009, Principal Lecturer in 2009, Principal Investigator in 2012, and Professor of Surgical Education at Radboud University Nijmegen in 2013. Between 1994 and 2013 he took several secretary and chairman positions of National and International Societies and Working Groups. Presently he is the chairman of the master curriculum in the School of Medicine in Nijmegen and President of the Dutch Adhesion Group.

Umc st Radboud

UMC St Radboud, Afdeling Heelkunde (Nijmegen)

Department of surgery
Geert Grooteplein Zuid 10
6525 GA Nijmegen

H. van Goor MD, PhD



Jan van HestProf. dr. ir. Jan van Hest

Jan. C. M. van Hest conducted his doctoral research on molecular architectures based on dendrimers at Eindhoven University of Technology under supervision of Prof. Bert Meijer, for which the Ph.D. title was granted in 1996. For this research he was awarded the first prize of the DSM science and technology award (1996) and the SNS bank award of best PhD thesis in the category Technical Fundamental Research of the academic year 1995-1996 of Eindhoven University of Technology.

As a postdoctoral researcher he investigated the possibilities of protein engineering for the preparation of materials under supervision of Prof. David Tirrell, at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst. In 1997 he joined DSM, where he worked as research scientist and later on as group leader on the development of innovative material concepts. In 2000 he was appointed as a full professor at the Radboud University Nijmegen to set up a new group in bio-organic chemistry. As of September 2016, he is the Bio-organic chemistry chair at Eindhoven University of Technology in both the departments of Biomedical Engineering and Chemical Engineering and Chemistry. His current research efforts are aimed at developing bio-inspired materials and processes in order to combine the functionality of biological systems with the flexibility and robustness of synthetic structures. In particular, he is focused on novel compartmentalization strategies that can be used to construct cell-like systems, or be applied in the field of nanomedicine. Jan van Hest was a member of The Young Academy of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences from 2005-2010 and vice dean of research of the Faculty of Science (2006-2010). In 2010 he was awarded a VICI grant for his research on artificial organelles, and in 2015 he obtained an ERC Advanced grant on artificial endosymbiosis. He is a member of the CW/PPS board (advisory board on public private collaborations in the field of chemistry) and initiated the national programs Process on a Chip which involves microreactor technology. He is an associate editor of Bioconjugate Chemistry, and advisory board member of the Journal of Materials Chemistry, Biomacromolecules, Macromolecular Bioscience, Central Science and Chemical Science. He has published around 250 papers and 16 patents.

Radboud Universiteit, Afdeling Organische Chemie (Nijmegen)

Institute for Molecules and Materials
Heyendaalseweg 135
6525 AJ Nijmegen

Prof. Dr. Ir. J.C.M. van Hest




Prof. dr. Richard Hoogenboom

Richard Hoogenboom studied chemical engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e; Netherlands). In 2005, he obtained his PhD under the supervision of Ulrich S. Schubert (TU/e) and continued working as project leader for the Dutch Polymer Institute; partly combined with a part-time position as Senior Product Developer at Dolphys Medical. After postdoctoral training with Martin Möller at the RWTH Aachen (Humboldt fellowship; 2008) and Roeland J. M. Nolte at the Radboud University Nijmegen (NWO veni-grant; 2009), he was appointed as associate professor at Ghent University from July 2010 and promoted to full professor in 2014. His main research interests include stimuli-responsive polymers, supramolecular polymers, and poly(2-oxazoline)s. His research interests include poly(2-oxazoline)s, stimuli-responsive polymers and supramolecular materials. Prof Hoogenboom is (co)inventor in more than 10 patent families and has co-authored over 300 scientific publications. He is currently associate editor for European Polymer Journal and Australian Journal of Chemistry.

Prof. Hoogenboom is a worldwide-recognized expert in the field of poly(2-oxazoline)s with more than 150 articles published in this area, and is the founder and organizer of the biannual symposium on poly(2-oxazoline)s within the American Chemical Society (ACS) national meeting.

Prof. Hoogenboom’s work and the research conducted at his group have recently been recognized with the inaugural Polymer Chemistry Lectureship (2015), the fifth PI IUPAC award (2016) and the Ghent University Prometheus award for research (2016).






Universiteit Gent, Supramolecular Chemistry Group (Gent)

Department of Organic Chemistry
Krijgslaan 281-S4
B-9000 Gent, Belgium

Prof. Dr. R. Hoogenboom



Sander LeeuwenburghDr. Sander Leeuwenburgh

Sander Leeuwenburgh was born July 22nd, 1977 in Gouda (Netherla­nds). He studied Materials Science and Engineering at Delft University of Technology and graduated at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry in 2001 (cum laude). He obtained his PhD degree at the Radboud University Medical Center in 2006 (cum laude). He was appointed as assistant professor at the same university in 2008. From August 2009 until December 2010 he was visiting scholar at the Department of Biomaterials at Kyoto University Medical Hospital (Kyoto, Japan). In June 2015 he was appointed as associate professor to lead his research group on nanostructured biomaterials. During his scientific career he received several awards and grants from organizations such as the Dutch Technology Foundation STW (NWO VENI and VIDI grants) and the Dutch Self-Healing Materials Program. He supervised 11 PhD students and published more than 100 papers. His research focuses on i) the development of injectable, self-healing nanocomposites, ii) development of tough, load-bearing bone substitutes, and iii) functionalization of organic and inorganic bone substitute materials with therapeutic biomolecules such as growth factors, anticancer drugs and antibiotics in order to upgrade their biological efficacy.

Radboud UMC

Radboud UMC

Transistorweg 5
Nijmegen   6534 AT
The Netherlands

Dr. Sander Leeuwenburgh
Email: Sander.Leeuwenburgh@radboudu...