'Meet My Lab' - Stimulating cells – a physical and mechanical perspective (Dr N Kurniawan, TU Eindhoven, NL)

    14/04/2021 - 14:00
    Indonesia, Jakarta
    14/04/2021 - 15:00
    EURAXESS ASEAN with International Indonesian Scholars Association

EURAXESS ASEAN presents ‘Meet my Lab’ - a virtual meeting point for researchers in ASEAN and across the world to learn from, to connect & to collaborate with each other.

This session will feature the research of ERC Fellow Dr Nicholas Kurniawan, Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands.

This 'Meet my Lab' session will take place on 14 April 2021 from 3.00pm to 4.00pm Singapore time / 2.00pm - 3.00pm Jakarta time (9am CET/GMT+7)

What is this?

‘Meet my Lab’ is a virtual meeting point profiling researchers and their work. The presenters will share their research work and present opportunities for collaboration. The focus is on interactivity - audience members can ask questions and engage with the presenter(s) and with each other.

Who can participate?

Meet my Lab’ is explicitly open to the world! We welcome researchers at all career stages and of all nationalities.

Participants should have an interest in international research collaboration!

Participation is free of charge. Seats will be allocated on a first come first served basis.


The topic: Stimulating cells – a physical and mechanical perspective

The extracellular environment defines a physical boundary condition with which cells need to negotiate. It has been known for many years that physical and mechanical cues, such as confinement substrate topography, and stretch, can dramatically alter cell phenotype. However, the scale of such effects as well as the underlying mechanisms are still poorly understood. To explore cellular response to this range of cues, our group has developed bottom-up experimental platforms that allows systematic monitoring of cellular and multicellular phenotype on a library of 2D micropatterned substrates and 3D structures in biomimetic setups. I will discuss how a rich variety of cell, tissue, and organoid responses can emerge from a physical interplay between cells and their geometrical environments, and how these responses can be exploited for biomedical applications.


Dr Nicholas Kurniawan

Nicholas Kurniawan is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Biomedical Engineering in Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD from the National University of Singapore, after which he performed a postdoctoral research as a Marie Curie fellow in AMOLF (Amsterdam). His current research focuses on understanding how the physical and mechanical interactions between cells and cellular environments shape physiological tissue function and drive pathologies. His interdisciplinary team combines approaches from biophysics, soft matter, mechanobiology, microfabrication, and cell biology with an outlook of exploiting cell–materials interactions for biomedical applications. His work is supported by grants from the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant), the Dutch Research Council (NWO), Health-Holland (TKI-LSH), and Holland High Tech (TKI-HTSM), as well as national consortia Materials-Driven Regeneration (MDR) and EyeSciTe (Chemelot InSciTe). He serves as an Associate Editor for BMC Research Notes (Springer Nature) and is an Editorial Board Member of the journal Communications Biology (Nature Research). He is also the Deputy Managing Director (Europe) for International Indonesian Scholars Association.