Alexander van Oudenaarden performed his PhD research in the field of experimental solid state physics at Delft University of Technology. He obtained his PhD degree in 1998 and received the 'Andries Miedema' Award for best PhD-research in the field of condensed matter physics in the Netherlands. From 1998 to 1999, he was a postdoctoral fellow at Stanford University collaborating with Steven Boxer and Julie Theriot. He joined the MIT faculty in 2000. In 2001, he was named an Alfred Sloan Research Fellow, a Keck Career Development Professor in Biomedical Engineering, and received the NSF CAREER award. He was promoted to Associate Professor with tenure in 2004. In 2008 he was promoted to full Professor of Physics at MIT and received a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship and the NIH Director’s Pioneer Award. From 2009 to 2012 he was the director of the NIH/NCI-funded Physical Sciences-Oncology center at MIT. In 2012 he started as director of the Hubrecht Institute and was awarded an ERC Advanced Investigator award and NWO VICI award. In 2014 he became a member of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences.
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