Marieke holds an MSc in Medical Biology from the University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands, and a PhD in Molecular Biology from Leiden University, The Netherlands. She previously worked as academic researcher in the fields of immunology and cell biology for more than 15 years. She is an experienced Project Manager, having worked as Project Manager for various national and international research consortia, including UK Regenerative Medicine Platform (UKRMP), EU Framework 7 projects, the European Bank for induced Pluripotent Stem Cells (EBiSC) and biotech companies.
Marieke provides academic coordination, oversight and management for all aspects of the organisation and running of the Postgraduate Teaching and Training programmes at the MRC Centre for Regenerative Medicine (CRM), including the new Wellcome Trust Four-year PhD Programme in Tissue Repair. Part of her role is increasing the capacity and sustainability of post-graduate teaching and research at CRM through securing additional strategic funding and building links with a range of partners, including from the commercial sector.
Before taking on the role of Postgraduate Teaching & Funding Development Manager at CRM, Marieke was Manager of the UKRMP Niche Hub, a major UK-wide multi-partner project which addresses the technical and scientific challenges associated with translating promising scientific discoveries towards clinical impact. Prior to that Marieke held a BBSRC Flexible Interchange Programme Award to enable commercialisation of a stem cell separation device jointly developed by the University of Edinburgh and Heriot-Watt University. This project was selected as a finalist of the Converge Challenge 2015, Scotland's premier company creation competition. Marieke is a Beltane Public Engagement Fellow and was awarded the Outreach Prize 2012 by the Microbiology Society for her contributions to the public understanding of science.