Ilja Boone (1994) started her PhD research in February 2020 at the Molecular Epidemiology department of the Leiden University Medical Center (LUMC).
She obtained her bachelor’s degree in Medical Sciences and Technology and master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering at Eindhoven University of Technology (TU/e). Both with a focus on tissue engineering and regeneration. During her graduation research at the orthopedics group, she looked at the interaction of chondrocytes in a hydrogel for cartilage regeneration. Her graduation internship was done at the Department of Molecular Epidemiology (LUMC) where she worked on the further development of a joint-on-a-chip model and looked at the role of WWP2 in 3D chondrocyte pellets.
Her PhD research is part of the VOILA project and focuses on the role of senescence during aging and osteoarthritis.