Johannes Jansen - Biography#

J.A. (John) Jansen studied Dentistry at Radboud University Nijmegen and graduated in 1977. In the same year he started a part-time dental practice in Maassluis, the Netherlands. From 1978-1984, John Jansen performed, as a volunteer, a PhD research project at the Department of Dental Materials (Head: Prof. F.C.M. Driessens) at Radboud University Nijmegen. His research project dealt with the adhesion of epithelial cells to dental implant materials.

Since 1985, Jansen’s investigations deal with wound healing phenomena around devices, which have been implanted through the skin (percutaneous implants) or mucosa (in the mouth: permucosal implants). In addition, studies were performed to the bone reaction to various dental implant materials. Prof. Jansen worked as Assistant Professor in Amsterdam and Leiden till 1991. Subsequently, he transferred to the Department of Oral Function and Prosthetic Dentistry (Chairman: Prof. W. Kalk) at Radboud University Nijmegen as Associate Professor of Biomaterials and Implantology. As head of the Laboratory of Biomaterials he was responsible for the teaching curriculum of dental biomaterials and he was supervising a research program entitled “Wound healing phenomena around percutaneous and permucosal implants”. In April 1996, John Jansen was appointed Full Professor of Biomaterials and Experimental Implantology and Experimental Periodontology of the Department Periodontology and Biomaterials. Since January 2001, he is Chair of this Department.

In April 1992, the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) awarded him a PIONIER-grant (Personal Support for Research Groups with New Ideas for Excellent Research). From July-December 2002, he was appointed as NSF International Graduate Education and Research Training (IGERT) Visiting Professor at the Department of Bioengineering at Rice University, Houston, USA. In February 2003, the Netherlands Technology Foundation (STW) honored him with the Simon Stevin “Master” award, the most prestigious technology award in the Netherlands. In 2004, the Society for Biomaterials awarded him with the Clemson Award for Outstanding Contributions to the literature and he was elected as Fellow Biomaterials Science and Engineering (FBSE) of the Society. In April 2008, he was elected as full member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (Section Medicine). In June 2012, he received the FEDERA award of the Federation of Dutch Medical Scientific Societies for his efforts in Regenerative Medicine.

64 PhD students completed their PhD thesis under supervision of Prof. Jansen.

Currently, 20 PhD-students work under his supervision.
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