dr.ir. T.F.A. (Tom) de Greef - Expertises

Greef, dr.ir. T.F.A. de
Adres :
Technische Universiteit Eindhoven
Postbus 513
Faculteit :
Faculteit Biomedische Technologie
Afdeling :
Computational Biology
Functiecategorie :
Universitair Hoofddocent (UHD)
Functie :
Universitair Hoofddocent
Intern adres :
CE 1.44B
Tel :
040-247 5409
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  • D14100 - Materiaalkunde
  • D21100 - Bioinformatica, biomathematica
  • D21200 - Biofysica, klinische fysica
  • D21300 - Biologie
  • E16000 - Nanotechnologie
  • Systeemtheorie: diversen
  • Synthetische Biologie
  • Micro- and nanofluidics
  • Biochemie. Moleculaire biologie
  • Biologische systemen
  • Experimentele biofysica



Tom de Greef was born in Eindhoven, the Netherlands, in 1980 and studied at the University of Eindhoven (TU/e, the Netherlands), where he received his M.Sc. degree in Biomedical Engineering cum laude in 2004. He completed his Ph.D. at the Department of Chemistry at the same university in 2008 with professors E. W. Meijer and R. P. Sijbesma working on novel polymeric materials based on quadruple hydrogen-bonding motifs. Subsequently, he moved to the Biomodeling and Bioinformatics group headed by prof. P. A. J. Hilbers at the Department of Biomedical Engineering (TU/e) studying self-assembling systems from a computational perspective and became assistant professor in this department in 2010 and was promoted to associate professor in 2016. In 2013, Tom de Greef was a visiting scholar in the group of Prof. D. Weitz (Harvard) working on protein affinity screening using droplet microfluidics.

Current research themes are centred on the engineering of synthetic cellular systems (bottom-up synthetic biology) and the application of DNA nanotechnology at the interface with biology. In this multidisciplinary work, he combines his fascination for (bio)chemistry, mathematical modelling, microfluidics and complex living systems.

In 2012 and 2013 he was awarded a VENI and an ECHO-STIP grant respectively by the Netherlands Organization of Scientific Research (NWO). In 2015 and 2016 he received an ERC starting Grant and NWO VIDI grant respectively. He is a core member of the Institute for Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS), a core member of the gravitation program "Functional Molecular Systems", junior faculty of the gravitation program "Materials-Driven Regeneration" and recipient of the 2017 Cram Lehn Pedersen prize in supramolecular chemistry.