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Marcel van Tilborg

Analytical Sciences, Biological Sciences, Nutritional Sciences

Senior Science Fellow, Life Sciences Analysis & Characterization  
Marcel van Tilborg

I am currently working on...

Exploring new ways to perform biologic activity measurements (enzyme activity) in an absolute way; and performing this in an undisturbed, label-free manner. For enzymes, this means measuring their activity within an application environment. For microorganisms, it means measuring their activity in their different habitats, which has – until now– not been possible. To make this a reality we’ve launched research projects within DSM, as well as with external universities and Public-Private Partnerships.

The aspect of my work that excites and inspires me the most is...

When you have researchers with different technological backgrounds all cooperating to design and develop new ways of working - and enable others to understand and influence what’s being studied. Whether the focus is on building theoretical knowledge or production processes, it’s always exciting. I’m also driven by scientific management, in the sense of organizing the ideal combination of knowledge and experience – independent of origin – to reach our goals. In the end, it’s real, unbiased scientific cooperation that inspires me.

The breakthrough I would most like to see made in my field is...

I work in a technology-intense competence area that makes use of very quickly developing analytical devices. The breakthrough I would most like to see is some sort of technology that would enable direct measurements from complex (biological) systems to retain all the undisturbed representative information of that system, from the moment of sampling. But at the moment, we’re still far off!

Key areas of expertise:

  • Bioinformatics and biostatistics
  • Analytical chemistry (qualitative and quantitative)
  • Omics technologies (especially proteomics and metabolomics)
  • Spectroscometry – (bio)sensors, nanofluidics, (enzyme) activity measurements
  • Bio activity measurements
  • Science management
  • MO-A (B.Sc. level), in Physics and Chemistry, Amsterdam University (the Netherlands)
  • MO-B (M.Sc. level), in Analytical Chemistry, Amsterdam University (the Netherlands)
  • M.Sc., Organic chemistry (Mass Spectrometry), Amsterdam University (the Netherlands)
  • Ph.D., Mathematics and Science, Leiden University (the Netherlands)

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Based in:

Delft, the Netherlands