Sander Leeuwenburgh was born on July 22, 1977, in Gouda (the Netherlands). He studied material science and engineering at the Delft University of Technology and graduated at the Laboratory of Inorganic Chemistry (Head Professor J. Schoonman) in 2001 (with honors). From April 2001 to December 2005, he performed a part-time Ph.D. research project (0.6 fte) at the Department of Periodontology and Biomaterials (Head Professor J. A. Jansen) of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Center. During his Ph.D. Project, he also studied piano at the Conservatory of Music in Arnhem, where he graduated in June 2005 (with distinction). From January to April 2006, he has been serving as a visiting scholar at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University (Houston, Tex, USA). In November 2006, he obtained his Ph.D. degree, with thesis entitled “Electrosprayed calcium phosphate coatings for biomedical purposes” (with honors). Thereafter, he continued his scientific career as a postdoc until March 2008, when he was awarded a Young Investigator Award (VENI) by the Dutch Technology Foundation STW and was appointed an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomaterials in order to initiate a new research line of mineralized hydrogels. In the framework of his VENI Fellowship, he worked as a Visiting Scholar at the Department of Biomaterials at Kyoto University Medical Hospital (Kyoto, Japan) from August to December 2009. Between March 2010 and December 2011, he coordinated a social study on the efficacy of public-private collaboration in the Dutch field of regenerative medicine. His main research interests include synthesis and characterization (physicochemical, in vitro and in vivo) of novel bioceramics, biodegradable polymers, and polymer-ceramic nanocomposites of improved functionality for application in bone regeneration.
Biography Updated on 6 February 2012