About Professor Albert van den Berg
Albert van den Berg is professor on Miniaturized Systems for (Bio)Chemical Analysis in the faculty of Electrical Engineering at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. In 2009, he won the Spinoza Prize, which is also called “the Dutch Nobel Prize”, for achieving breakthroughs in the understanding and manipulation of fluids in channels with a micro or nanometer scale, and for applying this knowledge to include new equipment for health care.
His research interests focus on microanalysis systems and nanosensors, nanofluidics and single cells, tissues and organs on chips, especially with applications in personalised health care, drug development and development of sustainable (nano)technologies. Professor van den Berg is a member of the development team of lab-on-a-chip, he is specialized in building complete laboratories on small chips. With this technique, fast analyses can been made with a very small sample. Examples of applications of lab-on-a-chip are identifying the source of the thrombosis causing stroke and measuring drug levels in blood or the male fertility in a reliable way. His research group is also working on a “nanopill” which contains a complete laboratory to detect cancer in an early stage. This pill can detect cancer specific DNA-fragments far before the tumor will develop. Professor van den Berg expects that the lab-on-a-chip technique will improve the quality and reduce the costs of health care in the future.
Professor van den Berg received several honours and awards such as Simon Stevin (2002), ERC Advanced (2008) and ERC Proof of Concept (2011, 2013) grants, Spinoza prize (2009), Honorary University Professorship (Twente, 2010), and Distinguished Professor at SCNU (Guangzhou, 2012). He is a member of the Dutch National Health Council and became a board member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW) in 2011.