Since September 2013
Member of the Cell and Viral Technology team. This position gives me the opportunity to apply my skills in cell culture techniques (for adherent as well as suspension cells, from T-flasks or Shake flasks to bioreactors) and in virology. Working as a "manager on the field", I lead a team of 3-4 people and manage the process development, the writing of progress/development reports, the transfer to GMP facilities or to other facilities in Belgium/US.
Post-Doctoral Researcher in the Gynecology Department
July 2011 --- April 2013
This position offered me the opportunity to complete assignments I was tasked with in the phase I clinical trial led by PregLem S.A., as well as to supervise technicians, Ph.D. students and medical undergraduates during their work in our laboratory. I also started a new project as study supervisor, investigating nerve fibers in endometriosis patients and the impact of selective progesterone receptor modulators in uterine leiomyoma treatment.
Phase I Clinical trial
January 2011 --- December 2011
Involvement in a phase I clinical trial: “A phase I, safety, tolerability, pharmacokinetic and pharmacodynamic study of steroid sulfatase inhibitor PGL2001 administered alone and in combination with norethisterone acetate to healthy premenopausal women” (clinical trial conducted by PregLem S.A.)
PhD in Biomedical and Pharmaceutical Sciences
January 2007 --- January 2011
My Ph.D. allowed me to demonstrate my ability to conduct and complete a biomedical/pharmaceutical research project. PregLem S.A. (Swiss pharmaceutical company specialized in the field of gynecology) funded this project. During this time, I was involved in two phase I clinical trials (conducted by PregLem S.A.). Our laboratory received endometrial biopsy samples to be analyzed over the course of the trials. I was the contact person from our university for sample analysis, interpretation of results and report writing.
Phase I Clinical trial
September 2008 --- June 2010
Involvement in a phase I clinical trial: “Effect of multiple oral doses of PGL2001 on the endometrium of healthy premenopausal women – Exploratory analyses within PGL07-001 Phase I clinical study” (clinical trial conducted by PregLem S.A.)
Set-up of selection markers adapted to Saccharomyces cerevisiae industrial yeasts
January 2006 --- June 2006
Master's work experience. This experience gave me the opportunity to enhance and consolidate my knowledge in molecular biology and microbiology (bacteria/yeasts).
AdaptabilityProactivityOrganizationOptimismIndependenceFlexibilityCompetitivenessCuriosityCritical thinkingCreative thinkingCoordinationCollaborationAttention to detailAssertivenessAnalytical thinkingProblem solving
ImmunofluorescenceImmunohistochemistry (IHC)In VitroIn VivoInflammationLaboratoryMicrobiologyMicroscopyMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMolecular & Cellular BiologyMolecular CloningPCRpeople managementPowerPointPre-clinical researchProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProcess improvementProject ManagementProtein ExpressionProtocolQuantitative PCR (qPCR)R&DScientific methodologyScientific WritingVaccinesVirologyWestern Blotting Animal models Cell biology Lab scale batches Phase I R&D Scientific writingAnimal ModelsAnimal trialAntibodiesBiological Drug DevelopmentBiotechnologyCancerCell biologyCell CultureData AnalysisData ManagementDNADNA extractionDrug development processEarly development stageELISAEndocrinology and metabolismEnglishEnzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)Fluorescence MicroscopyGood Laboratory Practice (GLP)Gynecology
Skills and Expertise
Cell culture Develop protocols Guide students Interact with nurses Interact with physicians Interpret data Lab scale batches Molecular Diagnostics Report data Search literature on clinical trials Write papersAdjust methodsAdjust processes Analyze dataAttend steering committeeCollaborate with medical teamCollaborate with project teamCommunicate with investigatorCommunicate with sponsorConduct research at universitiesConduct university research coordinating research projectsData analysisDesign database Design protocolDesign scientific projects (in biology)Design studyExecute scientific projectsExtrapolate dataMaintenance of biomedical equipmentManage laboratory proceduresManage study budgetmanaging a small teamManuscript preparationManuscript preparation and reviewObserve trends in dataObtain grantsOral presentationOrganise meetingsOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Prepare internal auditsPresent data at congressPublication of articlesPublish scientific projectsShipment of biological specimenSupervise techniciansUse western blotting technique
PostDoc in Biomedical Sciences from UCL in 2013
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from UCL in 2011
Master in Biology from FUNDP, Namur in 2006
Master in Biomedical Sciences from UCL in 2005