Bram Koster has a long-term track record in method development and automation. After his PhD at Delft University in the Netherlands (Particle Optics, 1989), he was a post-doctoral fellow at UCSF in the group of David Agard on automated tomography and as senior researcher at the Max-Planck-Institute in Martinsried, Germany, in the group of Woflang Baumeister on cryo electron tomography. In 1998 he returned to the Netherlands and after working as an assistant professor at Utrecht University in the group of Arie Verkleij. He left for Leiden University in 2006, where he became full professor and head of the section Electron Microscopy. Within the LUMC he is a member of the Management team of the Bio Medical Imaging Profile (research focus area). He has various roles in national nanostructure related consortia and projects.