A NOCI PhD journey between organoids and organs-on-chips

When I was an undergraduate student, I learned in a journal club that the lab of Hans Clevers in Utrecht had just shifted the boundaries of cell biology and tissue engineering: Single adult stem cells from patients’ biopsies – cultured under the right conditions –...

Brains-on-Chips (BoC)

As a neurobiologist, I have been intrigued by the brain since my study Medical Biology in Utrecht. It is the most mysterious organ of the body, containing our thoughts, dreams and our curiosity, with much left to discover how it functions and how it’s dysfunction can...

Positive Evaluation of the NOCI Program

This week the results of the mid-term review were received. The funding for the Netherlands Organ-on-Chip Initiative (NOCI) program will be continued for a second term of 5 years. The NOCI program will continue until October 1st 2027. The midterm review consisted of a...

A dive into… the blood vessel

Oxygen tank, some pieces of lead, an air vest, and a buddy, and we are ready to jump into the water. After some initial panic of breathing out of a tube, equalizing the ears, here opens a wonder of the underwater world. Few meters under the water surface, shades of...

EVBO summer school 2021 Best presentation award for Dennis Nahon

The price for best presentation (€200) at the European Vascular Biology Organization (EVBO) summer school 2021 went to Dennis Nahon (NOCI PhD-student from Leiden University Medical Center) for the presentation of his work on ‘A Modular 3D NVU-on-a-chip model for...