Prof. Dr Maarten Merkx
Maarten Merkx studied physical organic chemistry and biochemistry at the Radboud University Nijmegen (cum laude). He did his PhD with Prof. Averill (University of Amsterdam) working on purple acid phosphatases, and was an HSFP post-doctoral fellow with Prof. Lippard (MIT). Currently he is a professor in protein engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology. An important research theme is the engineering of biomolecular switches, which include fluorescent sensor proteins for intracellular imaging, photo-switchable proteins, and protein- and DNA-based sensors for antibody detection and actuation. He obtained young investigator grants from HFSP, NWO (VIDI), an ERC consolidator grant in 2011 and ERC Point of care grants in 2013 and 2016. He was awarded the prize for the best TU/e teacher at the master level in 2012. His group is a core member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS) and he is an advisor of the TUE Eindhoven iGEM teams. Since 2016 he is associate editor for ACS Sensors.