Mariska Brüls

PhD candidate

Nationality: Dutch
Undergraduate Institution: Wageningen University and Research
Graduate Institution: Eindhoven University of Technology
Phone: +31 40 247 5414
Office: STO 2.44


In 2017, I completed my bachelor in Molecular Life Sciences at Wageningen University and Research. I performed my bachelor thesis in the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter group, under supervision of prof. dr. Marleen Kamperman. During this thesis I worked on metal coordination in complex coacervate hydrogels. Then, I continued my studies with the master Chemical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology. In 2018, I joined the TU/e student team that competed in the international genetic engineered machine competition (iGEM). Our team worked on engineered living materials based on adhesin-mediated trapping of programmable bacterial cells. Afterwards, I completed my master thesis on polyelectrolyte multilayer membranes for water purification, under supervision of prof. dr. ir. Kitty Nijmeijer and prof. dr. ir. Remco Tuinier. In 2019, I finished my master with an internship in Sweden at Perstorp Chemicals, where I worked on the synthesis of high glass transition temperature bio-based polyesters. In March 2020, I started as a PhD student under the supervision of prof. dr. ir. Ilja Voets at the Institute of Complex Molecular Systems (ICMS).

Research interest:

In my PhD research I work on the development of super-resolution microscopy techniques to localize and study the interactions between macromolecules in complex food structures.

Selected Publications:

  • Engineered Living Materials based on Adhesin-mediated Trapping of Programmable Cells, Shuaiqi GuoEmilien DubucYahav RaveMick P.A. VerhagenSimone A.E. TwiskTim van der HekGuido J.M. OerlemansMaxime C.M. van den OetelaarLaura S. van HazendonkMariska BrülsBruno V. EijkensPim L. JoostensSander R. KeijWeizhou XingMartijn NijsJetske StalpersManoj SharmaMarieke GerthRoy J.E.A. BoonenKees VerduinMaarten MerkxIlja K. VoetsTom F.A. de Greef 2019. BioRxiv, doi 10.1101/734350.