Prof. dr. Marleen Kamperman is interested in the biologically inspired synthesis of polymers and nanostructured surfaces with controlled adhesive and mechanical properties. She received her PhD in Materials Science & Engineering from Cornell University, Ithaca, NY, where she worked in the group of Prof. Wiesner on the development of ordered mesoporous high-temperature ceramics using block copolymers. From 2008 to 2010, she was a postdoctoral researcher in the Functional Surfaces group of Prof. Arzt at INM – Leibniz Institute for New Materials in Saarbrücken, Germany, where she worked on the development of bio-inspired responsive adhesive systems. She started her group ‘Bioinspired Functional Polymers’ at Wageningen University in the Physical Chemistry and Soft Matter department in September 2010. In 2015, she became a member of the Dutch Young Academy. In 2018 she was appointed Full Professor in Polymer Science at the University of Groningen. In the new research group that she established in Groningen she combines her experience in polymer science and material development with her interest in bio-inspiration. In 2018 she was awarded the Van Marumpenning from the Royal Netherlands Chemistry Society.