I’m a very enthusiastic person with a background in Bioscience Engineering and currently pursuing a PhD in Biomedical Sciences. During the past 4 years I acquired a specific expertise in the field of immunology and virology, but I have a broad passion for health and disease in general. My PhD has allowed me to explore immune disorders in a more fundamental manner and towards the future I aspire to find a company where I can dedicate myself to translating theory into clinical practice, with the ultimate intention of improving the patient’s quality of life.
Since January 2013
I obtained a 'Strategic Basic Research' grant from the Agency for Innovation by Science and Technology (IWT) to study the pathogenesis and potential novel therapeutic targets of herpesvirus-associated secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) in murine models. This fellowship provides funding for 4 years. My thesis defense is scheduled for March 2017.
September 2012 --- December 2012
Immunological study of the pathogenesis and possible novel therapeutic targets of herpesvirus-associated secondary hemophagocytic lymphohistiocytosis (HLH) and macrophage activation syndrome (MAS) in murine models.
Analytical thinkingApproachabilityAttention to detailCollaborationEfficiencyIndependenceInterest in knowledgeOptimismOrganizationProblem solvingResult OrientedSelf-disciplineSociabilityCommunicativeCreative thinkingKindnessResponsibility
Animal modelsAnimal HealthAntibodiesAseptic TechniquesBiomedical SciencesCell Based AssaysCell CultureCommunication SkillsELISAEngineeringFlow CytometryGrant WritingGraphPad PrismImmunologyInfectious diseasesInflammationLeadershipMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordPresentation SkillsProblem SolvingProject ManagementPublic SpeakingqPCRResearchStatistical Data AnalysisTeachingTeamworkVirologyScientific Writing
Skills and Expertise
Analyze data Create SOPs Develop protocols Guide students Interact with physicians Interpret data Report data Write papersAseptic techniquesCell cultureCommunicationConduct animal studiesConduct literature searchesDesign scientific experimentsDirect co-workersEthics committee applicationManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationSolve problemsStatistical analysisSupervise techniciansTeach university studentsUse laboratory techniques
Bachelor and Master of Science (MSc) in Bioscience Engineering in Major: Animal production. Minor: Food and Health. from University of Leuven in 2012
in Latin-Mathematics 8h from Zusters van de Voorzienigheid (ZVD) Diest in 2007
H2 (Hogere 2) in Classical guitar from Hagelandse Academie voor Muziek en Woord in 0
Training and Certification
Certificate FELASA B of Laboratory Animal Science, Module I Certification
Certificate FELASA C of Laboratory Animal Science, Module II Certification
European Good Clinical Practice Certificate Certification
Flow Cytometry Bootcamp Certification
Radioprotection ‘Open sources and X-radiation’ Certification