In 1999, I graduated as a Molecular Sciences student at Wageningen University, with a major in physical chemistry and a minor in mathematics. In the same year, I started as a PhD student in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science at the same university, under the supervision of Gerard Fleer and Martien Cohen Stuart, where I investigated the properties of supramolecular polymers in solution and in colloidal systems, combining theory and experiments. I obtained my PhD degree in 2004 and received the KNCV Houwink polymer prize and the Dutch Polymer Institute Golden thesis award for my thesis. After finishing my PhD, I moved to Institut Curie in Paris with postdoctoral fellowships of HFSP and EMBO. Together with Cécile Sykes and Jean-Francois Joanny, I worked on unraveling the physical mechanism of actin-based cell movement, using a biomimetic in-vitro approach. In 2006, I returned to Wageningen and in 2007 I became an assistant professor in the Laboratory of Physical Chemistry and Colloid Science . Since March 2012, I am an associate professor in the same group. My research interests cover a wide range of topics in soft matter physics, including polymer self-assembly, networks and gels, rheology, shear-banding and fracture, polyelectrolyte complexation, and the physics of macromolecules in living cells. In 2010, I obtained an NWO vidi grant to start a research line on composite self-assembled polymer networks.