Reinier Boon studied Medical Biology at the University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, where he received his Master’s degree in 2004. He then worked on his PhD project entitled “The transcription factor KLF2 in vascular biology” at the academic medical center of the University of Amsterdam under supervision of Prof. Horrevoets and Prof. Pannekoek.
After receiving his PhD degree with honors in 2008, he moved to the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration in Frankfurt, Germany, where he started post-doctoral work in the laboratory of Prof. Dimmeler funded by a Rubicon grant from the Netherlands organization for scientific research (NWO). Since 2011, Dr. Boon is a junior group leader in the Institute for Cardiovascular Regeneration in Frankfurt.
He received multiple awards for his work on the effects of shear stress on endothelial cells and the role of microRNAs in aging of the cardiovascular system, including the prestigious Melvin L Marcus Award from the American Heart Association in 2010 and the Franz-Maximilian Groedel Research Prize of the German Cardiac Society in 2014. Dr. Boon’s research is funded by local funds of the state of Hessen (LOEWE), the German research foundation (DFG: ECCPS and SFB-834) and the European Research Council (ERC start-up grant).