dr. J. (Jurjen) Tel - Expertise

Tel, dr. J.
Address :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
P.O. Box 513
Department :
Department of Biomedical Engineering
Section :
Positioncategory :
Assistant Professor (UD)
Position :
Assistant Professor
Room :
GEM-Z 3.114
Tel :
+31 40-247 2950
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  • D21800 - Immunology, serology
  • D21300 - Biochemistry
  • E16000 - Nanotechnology
  • Immunoengineering
  • Droplet-based microfluidics
  • Immunotherapie
  • Cell-cell/pathogen communication
  • Dendritic cells
  • Immunomodulation



Jurjen Tel was born (07-04-1983) in Leeuwarden and raised in the northern provinces, Fryslân and Grunn, of the Netherlands. He obtained his Bachelor degree in Applied sciences in the field of Microbiology at the NHL University of Applied Sciences (Leeuwarden, The Netherlands) and continued his studies at the University of Groningen (RuG, The Netherlands) where he obtained his Master of Science degree in Medical Biology in 2007. Thereafter, he performed his PhD research in the department of Tumour Immunology led by prof. Carl Figdor (Radboudumc Nijmegen, The Netherlands) under supervision of  prof. Jolanda de Vries and graduated cum laude in 2013. In these years he studied the functional characteristics of plasmacytoid dendritic cells (a rare type of white blood cells) to take up, process and present antigens to T cells, as well as the capacity of these cells to mount anti-tumour immune responses by vaccination of late stage melanoma patients. During these studies, he observed and hypothesized that there was a deeper layer of functional heterogeneity in the plasmacytoid dendritic cell population. Therefore, funded by a NWO-Veni grant (awarded 2013), he stayed in Nijmegen and started a collaboration with prof. Wilhelm Huck (Dept. Physical organic chemistry, Radboud University Nijmegen, The Netherlands) to exploit droplet-based microfluidics to probe this observed cellular heterogeneity. He noticed that he enjoyed connecting disciplines and also to work across the borders of various disciplines. That is why he focuses his research at the TU/e, as groupleader of Immunoengineering, on studying cellular communication on the single/few cell level, by exploiting innovative technologies, to obtain a better understanding of how our immune system controls the tight balance between health and disease. In the coming years he will start and build a team in the new and exciting field of Immunoengineering.