Prof. Maartje Bastings

Tenure Track Assistant Professor

Maartje Bastings studied Biomedical Engineering at the Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e) and graduated Cum Laude in the group of Prof. E. W. “Bert” Meijer, where she continued her Ph.D. program funded by a Toptalent Fellowship from the Dutch Science Foundation (NWO), cosupervised by Dr. Patricia Y. W. Dankers. Her research focused on the understanding of multivalent binding mechanisms for directed targeting and the development of supramolecular biomaterials, and she received her Ph.D. degree in 2012. She was awarded the University Academic Award in 2013 for best Ph.D. thesis at the TU/e. She moved to the Wyss Institute of Harvard University in Boston as a NWO Rubicon and Human Frontier Science Program postdoctoral fellow in the lab of Prof. William M. Shih. She studies DNA as programmable biomaterial to design immune responses and assemble into multimodal nanoparticles. Since  January 2017 she is heading the Programmable Biomaterials Laboratory as tenure track Assistant Professor in the Materials Science and Engineering Department at EPFL, Switzerland, developing novel precision-engineered materials as tools to better understand fundamental mechanisms in self-assembly and cell-materials interactions.


Research Area

The research of Maartje Bastings focuses on dynamic reciprocity in programmable nano-materials. She has achieved international recognition for developing a nanocapsule from folded DNA for the delivery of therapeutic agents to the body. One of the greatest challenges was that DNA origami is not stable under physiological conditions; Maartje Bastings has developed novel coating to inhibit the unravelling of DNA.


MXC 340 (Bâtiment MXC)
Station 12
CH-1015 Lausanne