Albert van den Berg received MSc in applied physics in 1983, and his PhD in 1988 both at the University of Twente, the Netherlands. From 1988-1993 he worked in Neuchatel, Switzerland, at the CSEM and the University (IMT) on miniaturized chemical sensors. From 1993 until 1999 he was research director Micro Total Analysis Systems (μTAS) at MESA, University of Twente. In 1998 he was appointed as part-time professor “Biochemical Analysis Systems”, and later in 2000 as full professor on Miniaturized Systems for (Bio)Chemical Analysis in the faculty of Electrical Engineering. In 2002 he received the Simon Stevin Master award from the Dutch Technical Science foundation (STW). In 2003 he headed a 10 MEuro national research program on nanofluidics (NanoNed). In 2005 he spent 6 months in San Diego (USA) at the La Jolla Institute for Allergy and Immunology (LIAI, group Green) during a sabbatical leave, while he received an Advanced Research Grant from ERC in 2008. In 2009 he received the Spinoza prize, the most prestigious dutch scientific award, for his achievements in lab-on-a-chip research. In 2010 he was appointed as honorary University Professor at the University of Twente. Albert van den Berg is member of the Royal Dutch Academy of Sciences (KNAW), the Dutch Health council, board member of the Chemical and Biological Microsystems Society, member of the Dutch chemical society (KNCV) and deputy chair of the journal Lab on a Chip. He has co-authored over 220 papers (H=36) and over 10 patents, and has been involved in > 5 spin-off companies. His current research interests focus on microanalysis systems and nanosensors, nanofluidics and single cells and tissues on chips, especially with applications in personalized health care and development of sustainable (nano)technologies.