Mangala started her career in research at the National University of Singapore, before completing her Ph.D. at Carnegie Mellon University (USA). Her work focuses on contrast agents for in vivo imaging. Mangala's early work helped established the field of 19F MRI for quantitative in vivo cell tracking, including the first paper on the topic. More recently, her group works on customisable nanoparticles for imaging and advanced personalised medicine applications. Some of these nanoparticles will be tested in a clinical cell tracking study using multimodal imaging, in melanoma patients. Her group works with fluorescence, MRI, PET, SPECT, ultrasound and photoacoustic imaging in various disease models. A spin-off to bring the nanoparticles to the patient on a larger scale is being set-up. This multidisciplinary work is supported by prestigious grants such as an NWO Veni and an ERC Starting Grant, among others. Mangala is also active within the Young Academy of Europe, and is currently elected to the board as Chair. She is also an Associate Editor for the journal European Reviews.

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Olga obtained her M.Sc. (Dipl.-Chem.) in biomedical chemistry from University of Mainz, Germany and Ph.D. in polymer and colloid chemistry from Technical University of Berlin, Germany. In her current research project she works on multifunctional nanoparticles for multimodal imaging and theranostics. Particularly, her project involves synthesis of nanoparticles in miniemulsion and their characterization with various physicochemical techniques, including scattering methods like multi-angle light scattering and small angle neutron scattering (SANS).

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Massis Krekorian is a PhD candidate at the Tumor Immunology department of the Radboudumc Institute of Molecular Life Sciences (RIMLS). He is working on the project entitled: ‘Multimodal imaging of distinct immune cell populations with optimized nanoparticles’. The project is supervised by Dr. E.H.J.G. Aarntzen, Dr. M Srivinas, Dr. S Heskamp, and Prof. Dr. C.G. Figdor and funded by the RIMLS Junior Research grant.

In 2009 he started with the study Biology and Medical Laboratory research at the Hogeschool Utrecht, and obtained a Bachelor’s degree in 2013. He continued in 2013 with the study Molecular and Cellular Life Sciences at the University Utrecht and obtained a Master degree in 2015. His master’s thesis project entitled ‘’Exploring the benefits of telomerase regulation in promoting healthy aging’’ was writing at the European Research Institute for the Biology and Ageing (ERIBA) under supervision of Dr. Michael Chang.


Xander studied medicine at the Radboud University Medical Centre in Nijmegen. After receiving his medical degree, he worked for 2 years as a medical doctor in the field of Cardiology, resulting in an admittance into the residency program for Cardiology. Before commencing his further clinical specialization, Xander will work towards the translation of multimodality imaging nanoparticles for a range of cardiovascular applications. Xander has a book chapter upcoming in the soon to be published “Fluorine in Life Sciences: Pharmaceuticals, Medicinal Diagnostics and Agrochemicals”.  Additionally, Xander will employ multispectral immunohistochemistry to increase the pathophysiological knowledge about aortic dissections. 



Edyta received her Bachelor degree at the Jagiellonian University in Krakow. She continued her education by following the master program in Medical Biology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. In 2014 she became a PhD candidate at the Department of Tumor Immunology, RIMLS. In her work, she focuses on the use of polymeric nanoparticles as contrast agents for imaging techniques, such as ultrasound, photoacoustic and magnetic resonance imaging.

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As technician of the group Koen is assisting everybody in their projects. For the biggest part in animal testing and nanoparticle formulation. Besides that Koen is qualified to work with radioactivity. In his spare time Koen is a hard working scout leader with 30 scouts. Qualities gained by this is often used by him in the group. 

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Karlijne houkes (bachelor STUDENT INTERN)

Karlijne is currently pursuing a Bachelor degree in Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. For her bachelor internship project she will be working in our lab, researching the application of contrast agents in theranostics and dendritic cell labeling.

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esmee Hoogendijk (Masters student intern)

Esmee is currently pursuing a Master degree in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Twente. For her master internship project she will be working in our lab, researching the upscaling of our contrast agents for theranostics and dendritic cell labeling with the use of a microfluidic device. 


Margot is currently pursuing a Masters degree at the University of Antwerp. She is working on an internship project in our lab, working hard on optimising the properties for our imaging agents for MRI.


Linsey Jacobs (Bachelor student)

Kim Kweldam (Masters student)