A Personal Touch of Michiel Pot

Michiel Pot In Lab

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This week: Michiel Pot






1. Name & Nationality
Michiel Pot, Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was really young first I always wanted to become a train driver, which later switched to being a pilot.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I started my academic training in Enschede, at the University of Twente, where I studied Technical Medicine. For the ones who don't know Technical Medicine: the goal of Technical Medicine is to answer to a growing need for medical practitioners with a strong science-background, who can integrate the influx of medical technology in patient-care. Especially the combination between medicine and technology gained my interest. After I received my bachelor's degree I started the master track 'Reconstructive Medicine'. During the 3-year master program I did research in different institutes. In my 2nd master year I went for short internships to the Department of  Cardiothoracic Surgery (MST Twente), Department of Pathology (Radboudumc), Department of Orthopaedics (UMC Utrecht) and the Department of Biomedical Engineering (Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio, USA). Subsequently I went back to the Department of Orthopaedics in Utrecht for my one-year graduation project.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
Currently, I work as a PhD student in the Department of Biochemistry. During my research I focus on the regeneration of cartilage. Briefly, I try to construct smart biomimetic implants on which mesenchymal stem cells can differentiate towards the chondrogenic lineage and produce new cartilage matrix. At some day I hope that using regenerative medicine we can regenerate tissues of which the structure and function has been lost. In this way we can extent the toolbox of doctors to hopefully improve patient healthcare.     

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
For my project we prepare implants from extracellular matrix proteins and subsequently study the behavior of mesenchymal stem cells seeded on these implants. Therefore, molecular mechanisms are involved in all steps during my project; from construction of implants to cellular interactions with the implant, and eventually the outcome of the experiments.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Contribute to research related to cartilage tissue engineering and that eventually new treatment options arise to treat patients with damaged cartilage.

7. What is your dream for the future?
Improving patient healthcare by introducing new (regenerative medicine-based) technologies.  

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.
A: My first time in Nijmegen I wondered why everybody was dressed up and then it turned out to be carnival (which I never had and have celebrated before).
B: Before I moved to Enschede I could only speak Gronings. 
C: Recently my cell culture experiment failed due to yeast infection as the result of my beer brewing activities at home.

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Aysel Mammadova : C

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false?

A: always fall on ice
B: brush my teeth for ten minutes
C: tried soup from banana

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