Prof. Dr. Gijsje Koenderink (1974) is full professor in the Bionanoscience Department of the TU Delft since 1-9-2019 and professor by special appointment at the VU University Amsterdam since 2010. She obtained a MSc (cum laude, 1998) and Ph.D. (cum laude, 2003) in Chemistry at Utrecht University and trained as a Marie Curie postdoctoral Fellow at the VU University Amsterdam (2003-2004) and Harvard University (2004-2006). In 2006 she established the Biological Soft Matter group at the FOM Institute AMOLF, where she also headed the Living Matter Department (2014-2019). Koenderink’s group focuses on quantitative experimental studies of the material properties of cells and tissues. She combines bottom-up synthetic biology approaches with multiscale physical characterization from single molecule force spectroscopy to rheometry. Her group closely collaborates with biological and biomedical groups to address the role of cell and tissue mechanics in disease and tissue regeneration.

Prof. Koenderink received various distinctions, including an NWO VIDI (2008), elected membership of the Young Academy of the KNAW (2008), ERC Starting Grant (2013), NWO VICI (2019) and the P-G. de Gennes Prize (2018). She is a co-recipient of the NWO-Gravitation program Basyc (2017-2027) and she led the NWO-Unilever Industrial Partnership Programme Hybrid Soft Matter (2014-2019). She is the Chair of the NWO Round Table Physics since 2017 and a member of the Scientific Advisory Board of the INM-Leibniz Institute of New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany (since 2016). She is a member of the editorial board of the journals Soft Matter (since 2017) and European Physical Journal E (since 2012). Koenderink published >100 peer-reviewed papers with >3500 citations (h-index 36, ISI). She gave >70 invited conference talks, 40 invited seminars, and many lectures at international graduate schools and popular seminars.

Five key reviews:

  • F. Burla, Y. Mulla, B.E. Vos, A. Aufderhorst-Roberts, G.H. Koenderink, From mechanical resilience to active material properties in biopolymer networks, Nature Physics Reviews 1, 249–263 (2019)
  • F. Burla, J. Tauber, S. Dussi, J. van der Gucht, G.H. Koenderink, Stress management in composite biopolymer networks, Nature Physics 15: 549–553 (2019)
  • M. Dogterom, G.H. Koenderink, Actin–microtubule crosstalk in cell biology, Nature Reviews Molecular Cell Biology 20 (2019) 38-54
  • J. Alvarado, M. Sheinman, A. Sharma, F.C. MacKintosh, G.H. Koenderink, Force percolation of contractile active gels, Soft Matter, 13(24): 5624-5644 (2017)
  • F Huber, A Boire, MP Lopez, GH Koenderink, Cytoskeletal crosstalk: when three different personalities team up, Current Opinion in Cell Biology 32 (2015) 39


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Key publications

Prof.Dr.Gijsje Koenderink


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  • Together with Giulia Giubertoni and Huib Bakker from AMOLF, we published a paper connecting spectroscopic measurements of hydrogen-bonding to the unique rheological properties of hyaluronic acid: G. Giubertoni, F. Burla, H.J. Bakker, G.H. Koenderink, Connecting the stimuli-responsive rheology of biopolymer hydrogels to underlying hydrogen-bonding interactions, Macromolecules 2020, 53, 23, 10503–10513
  • January 2021: Together with Aurelie Bertin (Institut Curie) and Manos Mavrakis (Institut Fresnel), we published a preprint on the purification and reconstitution of human septin octamers: link