prof.dr. P.Y.W. (Patricia) Dankers - Expertise

Dankers, prof.dr. P.Y.W.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Section :
Biomedical Materials
Positioncategory :
Professor (HGL)
Position :
Full Professor
Room :
CE 1.29
Tel :
+31 40-247 5451
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Email :


  • D13200 - Macromolecular chemistry, polymer chemistry
  • D14100 - Materials technology
  • D21300 - Biochemistry



Patricia Y.W. Dankers, PhD PhD, studied Chemistry at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. In 2002 she started her first PhD at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Under supervision of prof. dr. E.W. (Bert) Meijer she investigated supramolecular biomaterials by introducing a modular approach. In a second PhD in Medical Sciences at the University of Groningen she worked on renal regenerative medicine in the group of prof. dr. Marja J.A. van Luyn (2013). Additionally, she worked for the company SupraPolix in Eindhoven. In 2010 she moved to Chicago, USA, and performed research in the Institute for BioNanotechnology in Medicine at Northwestern University in the group of prof. dr. Samuel I. Stupp. Currently she is associate professor Supramolecular Biomaterials for Translational Biomedical Science, in the Laboratory of Chemical Biology in the Biomedical Engineering (BME) department, and in the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems, at TU/e. She is a Veni laureate (2008) and received an ERC starting grant (2012). She has been awarded various (EU) grants and awards, such as the DSM Science & Technology award, and the Pauline van Wachem award for the best thesis in biomaterials research and tissue engineering. She has been a member of the first Jonge Gezondheidsraad (JongGR) committee of the Dutch Health Council (2011-2013). Since 2015, she is a member of the Jonge Akademie, KNAW. Her particular research interests are on the design and synthesis of bioinspired functional biomaterials. Her main goal is to translate these supramolecular biomaterials to applications in the field of regenerative medicine. Her group closely collaborates with research groups within the BME department (e.g. with prof. dr. Carlijn V.C. Bouten, prof. dr. ir. Frank P.T. Baaijens, prof. dr. E.W. (Bert) Meijer), and with research groups in cardiology and nephrology at UMC Utrecht and at the Hubrecht Institute. She recently acquired two grants (2015), from ZonMw and CVON, in the cardiovascular regenerative medicine field, to strengthen the research with the collaborators mentioned.