Dr. Andries van der Meer
Dr. Andries D. van der Meer is an Associate Professor at the Faculty of Science and Technology of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. He leads the research on microfluidic organs-on-chips within the Applied Stem Cell Technologies department of the Bioengineering Technologies cluster, supervising multiple Ph.D. candidates and post-docs and coordinating various national and European research projects.
Before joining AST in 2015, Dr. Van der Meer worked as a Senior Research Fellow at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering of Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, USA. He actively developed organ-on-chip models of the blood-brain barrier and the lung alveolus for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) Microphysiological Systems program and coordinated a collaborative project between the Wyss Institute organ-on-chip start-up company Emulate, Inc. and Janssen Pharmaceuticals. Before joining Harvard University, he was a Post-Doctoral Fellow at Prof. Albert van den Berg’s BIOS/Lab-on-a-Chip group of the University of Twente, The Netherlands. During that time, he also served as an Assistant Coordinator for the project ‘Beyond Borders: Organs-on-Chips’ of the Dutch Royal Academy (KNAW). This project led to the founding of the Dutch Human Organ and Disease Model Technologies (hDMT) Organ-on-Chip consortium, for which Dr. Van der Meer is the representative of the University of Twente, as well as the vice-chair of its general assembly. Van der Meer is currently the vice-chair of the European Organ-on-Chip Society (EUROoCS).
Dr. Van der Meer obtained his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Twente, The Netherlands in 2010, and received his M.Sc. degree in Medical Biology from the University of Groningen, The Netherlands in 2005.