Dr. René Musters received a Master degree in Molecular Cell Biology & Electron Microscopy at the Utrecht University in 1990, where he also completed his PhD in 1994 (Thesis: "Ischemia and Phospholipid Reorganization in the Sarcolemma"). After his first post-doc position at the Department of Physiology at the ICaR-VU in Amsterdam (1994-1998) he specialized further in setting-up translational research in the field of cardiac adaptation at the Cardiovascular Research Laboratory (Department of Surgery) at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center (UCHSC) in Denver (CO, USA).
He returned to Amsterdam in 2000 where he was appointed Assistant Professor at the Department of Physiology of the VU University Medical Center in 2001. In 2002 he set-up the ICaR-VU 3D live-cell imaging facility at the Department of Physiology and continued to set-up multiple lines of translational research in collaboration with several clinical and pre-clinical departments and research groups. In 2016 he became Head of the Advanced Optical Microscopy Core Facility in O|2 (AO|2M) at the VU University Medical Center. In the same year he also introduced the first course on Nanomedicine in the Personalised Medicine Minor for third-year medical students at the VUmc School of Medical Sciences (Amsterdam UMC - location VUmc).
Dr. René Musters currently participates as scientist, mentor and consultant in multiple research projects involving nanoscopy and development of micro- and nanosized drug delivery vehicles.