I am a Biotechnology expert with good communication & organization skills. I have been working 10 years in Agricultural Biotechnology, so called "Green biotech". I started my career as a project leader in the molecular analysis lab at Bayer Cropscience, after which I worked as a research scientist at BASF Plant Science (CropDesign) where I was part of a project team with the goal to enhance seed yield in rice. Currently I work at Ablynx, a biopharmaceutical company, as project planner, I manage the budget and resources for multiple projects. I am experienced in the field of innovation and communication management (public relations). I enjoy working in international and cross-functional teams and I have experience with project management.
Project Planner Ghent, Belgium
Since June 2016
The Project Planner is responsible for translating the strategic plan into a cross-functional operational plan and ensuring critical milestones are delivered timely and within budget through providing operational leadership and excellence. As a member of the R&D portfolio management team, I take care of project governance and project planning of one flagship project which is entering the commercialization phase and multiple smaller (technological and preclinical) projects.
Scientist integrated Crop Trait Knowledge
May 2012 --- May 2016
As Research Expert Team member of the Rice Yield Project within BASF Plant Science I am highly involved in research project management. The goal of the project is to increase seed yield in hybrid rice.
My key responsibilities and tasks are:
- Study the transfer of important agronomic traits, such as seed yield, biomass production, abiotic stress tolerance and usage of inputs like water and nutrients, between different crops
- Integrate genome, transcriptome, phenome, metabolome & molecular datasets
- Assist in the planning and tracking of constructs within the gene-impact evaluation platform
- Prepare scientific reports
- Work in cross-functional and international teams, provide the link between planning, statistics, other scientists and plant physiologists
I am also involved in innovation and communication management within the company:
- Drive innovation by organizing workshops, brainstorm sessions and develop innovative ideas into project proposals
- Represent BASF Plant Science - CropDesign in external talks or assist guided visits to greenhouse and lab facilities
Department Head Dispatching Centre
September 2011 --- May 2012
Project Leader - R&D Analytical Lab
November 2005 --- August 2011
The site in Ghent is a major hub for R&D at Bayer CropScience. To support the different projects in Research and Development, the R&D Analytical Lab develops and performs a broad array of molecular tests and is responsible for the production of Reference Materials.
As a Project Leader I was responsible to select the appropriate set of analyses and validate the molecular test results performed on samples from rice, Arabidopsis, wheat, corn and tobacco. I reported to the internal customers within agreed timelines and budget. Key technologies used were: high-throughput DNA extractions, PCR, Real-Time PCR, Fluidigm and Capillary Electrophoresis.
I managed the workload of 4 lab technicians and was highly involved in recruitment of new personnel, goal setting and evaluations.
I was a key person in the implementation of a quality management system and a LIMS system. The latter turned out to be a 5 year international project which started from selecting the appropriate LIMS provider, suggest necessary adaptations and eventually train users.
Team leader Microbiology lab & Real Time - PCR lab
July 2003 --- November 2005
Team leader microbiology lab Starting up Real-Time PCR lab
CollaborationEfficiencyInnovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeCommunicativeIndependenceSelf-disciplineStrivingCritical thinking
R&D Scientific writingBiologyBiotechnologyBusiness DevelopmentCoachingCommunication SkillsDNA extractionEntrepreneurshipEvent ManagementGeneticsGrant WritingLaboratory ResearchLeadershipLife SciencesMicrobiologymolecular biologyMultilingualpeople managementPhenotype Presentation SkillsProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProject ManagementQuality ManagementR&DSocial MediaTeamworkPublic RelationsCommercializationBiopharmaceuticals
Skills and Expertise
coordinating research projectsCommunicationCollaborate with project teamOrganize scientific projects (in biology)project management Analyze data Report dataAttend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companybudgeting of R&D activities
Richtingsgraad 1&2 in Avondonderwijs - Spaans from Het Perspectief in 2010
Master in Biotechnology from Universiteit Gent in 2003
Bachelor in Biology from Universiteit Gent in 2001
Training and Certification
Advanced Project Management Course (Stanwick) in 2016 Training
(Virtual) presenting in a multicultural environment (Consense) in 2015 Training
Methods and techniques of project management (Tiba Managementberatung) in 2015 Training
Sociale media training (Cevora - Carabas) in 2014 Training
Creating a simple website (Cevora - Carabas) in 2013 Training
Technology Transfer Course (VIB) in 2013 Training
Basic bioinformatics: concepts, databases and tools (VIB BITS) in 2012 Training
Coaching training (Penta Management) in 2011 Training
Situational Leadership II (Mailleux & Associates) in 2011 Training
Advanced project management course (Stanwick) in 2016 Certification