Microbes are true
team players

PLATFORM COORDINATORS

Hauke Smidt, platform manager of Biodiscovery Platform. Facility Coordinator. Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Prof. dr. H. Smidt

Heads the Molecular Ecology Group at the Laboratory of Microbiology (MIB, WUR), which investigates diverse natural and man-made microbial ecosystems. He is Facility Coordinator of UNLOCK and manager of the Biodiscovery Platform.

Dr.ir. D. Strik

Is Associate Professor in the field of Environmental Technology (WUR), whose group investigates the use of micro-organisms in engineered open-culture bioreactors to convert organic, bioplastic or CO2 waste streams into useful products. He is manager of the Modular Bioreactor Platform.

Robbert Kleerebezem, platform manager of the Parallel Cultivation Platform. Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. R. Kleerebezem

Is Associate Professor at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD), a group which is worldwide leading in research on cultivation, system analysis and functional development of microbial ecosystems. He is manager of the Parallel Cultivation Platform.

Peter Schaap, platform manager of the FAIR Data Platform. Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. P.J. Schaap

Leads the Computational Biology group at the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology (SSB, WUR), a multidisciplinary team with experts in the fields of Genomics, Bioinformatics and Applied Statistics. He is manager of the FAIR Data Platform.

General assembly

Prof. dr. M. Suarez Diez

Is Chair holder of the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology (WUR), which aims at elucidating and modelling interactions among microbes and between microbes and their environment.

Prof. dr. J.T. Pronk

Is Head of the Department of Biotechnology at TU Delft. As full professor in Industrial Microbiology, he is fascinated by quantitative physiology and metabolic engineering of industrially relevant microorganisms.

Prof. dr. T.J.G. Ettema

Is Chair holder of the Laboratory of Microbiology (WUR). He also leads a research group focusing on the diversity and evolution of microbial life on Earth

Prof. dr. Annemiek ter Heijne

Is chair and professor in (Bio)Recovery Technology for Circular Economy, at Environmental Technology. Her research group focuses on developing technologies for recovery of energy, carbon, and nutrients from waste streams, using (a combination of) biological, chemical and physical processes, to contribute to a more circular world.

ASSOCIATED STAFF

Dr. S. Deshpande

Is an Assistant Professor at the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter (PCC, WUR). His interests lie in biological soft matter, self-organisation, bioengineering, and on-chip microfluidics. He has a strong liking for interdisciplinary, collaborative research.

Dr. J. Hohlbein

Is an Associate Professor working at the Laboratory of Biophysics (BIP, WUR) and the Microspectroscopy Research Facility (MSC, WUR). The research in his group is focussed on exploring DNA-RNA-protein interactions in live bacteria and performing functional food imaging using super-resolution microscopy and related techniques

Dr. C. Furlan

Is a lecturer and expert in proteomics at the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology (WUR).

RESEARCH STAFF

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. G.R. Stouten

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD), and is expert in parallel cultivation of microbial communities.

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. M. Atasoy

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at Biodiscovery Platform (WUR) and Modular Bioreactor Platform (WUR), and is an expert in biobased materials production by microorganisms.

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. L. Puentes Jacome

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD), and studies anaerobic mixed microbial cultures that contain organohalide-respiring bacteria which are of interest for bioremediation.

Dr. V. Harshothama Damle

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at WUR and is an expert in Optical Spectroscopy and Molecular Photonics with special emphasis on application of Raman Spectroscopy in Nano-Metrology. His current research at WUR focuses on development of RACS using Optical Tweezers.

Jasper Koehorst, part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. J.J. Koehorst

Is staff member at SSB (WUR), is an expert in FAIR data approaches to large scale genomics, with hands-on experience in applying Semantic Web technology in the Life Science domain.

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. W. Scott

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at the FAIR Data Platform (WUR), and is an expert in dynamic and metabolic modelling.

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

Dr. A. Pedrouso Fuentes

Is a Postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD) and studies wild fermentation products yielding from complex substrates.

TECHNICAL SUPPORT STAFF

T. Schonewille, BAS

Is Workgroup Technician at SSB (WUR) and has experience in molecular biology, screening methods, chromatographic techniques. Responsible for the correct functioning of the laboratory.

J. Zamudio, MSc

Is Research Assistant at the ETE (WUR) with expertise in data analysis and chemical analysis using chromatographic techniques and NMR.

A. Jonkers, BSc

Technician at UNLOCK and the Laboratory of Microbiology (WUR). She received her bachelor’s degree at Hogeschool Leiden and did her internship at the University of Amsterdam in molecular research.

M.T. van den Broek

Is an all-round Technician at ETE (WUR). He is responsible for the construction of the modular bioreactors and of the data acquisition & controlling systems of this platform.

Ing. D. Geerts

Is Research Technician at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD) with expertise in fermentation, process control, and data acquisition and control systems.

K. de Carlo, MSc

Is Fermentation Technician at the Department of Biotechnology (TUD) and is responsible for the equipment and the supervision of the laboratory.

UNLOCK OFFICE

Part of the UNLOCK Team.

M. Wijntjes

Is Manager Daily Operations. She’s first point of contact at UNLOCK and responsible for daily operations, such as Customer Relationship- and Contractmanagement and coordinating front- and back office.

M. Ujvari

Is Marketing Communications Consultant and responsible for developing strategic communication plans to help build UNLOCK’s visibility and identity.

A. Athanasiadou

Is UNLOCK's Communication Assistant. She supports the Marketing Communications Consultant in content creation and coordination work for UNLOCK's online presence in social media, website management, and the newsletter.

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