Ruben van Heck studied Molecular Life Sciences (BSc) and Bioinformatics (MSc, cum laude) at Wageningen University. Hereafter, he continued at the same university for his doctoral studies at the Laboratory of Systems and Synthetic Biology. His PhD research regarded the use of mathematical models to describe, study, and re-design the metabolism of micro-organisms. He continued his PhD research during a directly following post-doc. As of November 2017 he works at EDP Patent Attorneys as a trainee patent attorney.