Aniek obtained a Bachelor’s degree in Technical Medicine and a Master’s degree in Biomedical Engineering, both at the University of Twente. During her master she focused on bionanotechnology, controlled drug delivery and polymer chemistry.
For her master assignment Aniek researched how different ratios and concentrations of DNA and polymer in polyplexes influence the viability and toxicity on the cells. She synthesized these polymers during an internship at the University of Ghent, Belgium. Aniek presented her research on an international conference on Controlled Drug Delivery.