Dr. Sandra Hasanefendic

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam


About Sandra Hasanefendic

Dr Sandra Hasanefendic is an assistant professor in Science Business and Innovation Division at the Faculty of Science of the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam where she teaches on topics related to innovation, tech commercialization and tech reappropriation in the life science industry.


Her research focuses on scientific and research valorization processes, technological readiness in the life sciences, specifically in countries such as China, South Africa and the US. Sandra has also been a director for international PhD recruitment where she expanded the university’s strategy in internationalization for doctoral education.

Previously, she worked as a research associate at the Technical University Lisbon and did a double PhD at ISCTE-IUL Lisbon Portugal and Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam.

PhD topics

Potential PhD topics (all projects are interdisciplinary):

  • Tech re-appropriation for artificial intelligence-aided drug repurposing
  • Sustainability in drug development: drug repurposing and the open collaboration model
  • Increasing drug efficacy: Tech re-appropriation of phototherapy
  • Open innovation in neuroscience research and drug discovery

Further information and contacts

Come and meet us

For more information about our doctoral programs and all relevant information please download our PhD Brochure 2020 or check our website. You can also always email Sandra Hasanefendic, PhD (Director International PhD Recruitment, marketing and promotion) at phd@vu.nl for expression of interest and personal support in the process of application.

If you would like to discuss the opportunity of doing a PhD at the VU Amsterdam please feel free to make an appointment or send an e-mail. We are also open for possibilities of double and joined PhD degrees.

Check our website www.vu.nl/phd