Dear madam, dear sir,
As a recent graduate I’m very interested in challenging jobs which will require me to use the skills I have acquired during my studies, but will also push me to develop new skills.
During my studies I’ve learned to work individually and have a critical view on plans and information and developing situations , but teamwork was more often than not a very necessary way to approach projects to make sure no details were missed. Some of the most interesting fields of my studies included process technology, food and feed manufacturing, biotechnology and environmental management. Having studied for three different diplomas was also an opportunity to widen my field of interests. The industrial sectors which interest me the most are the biotechnological, biochemical, pharmaceutical and petrochemical sectors. As for communication I am fully bilingual French-Dutch, am very fluent in English and have intermediate skills in German. The first work experience is something I consider as a major step stone to the further development of my skills and my career.
Research Trainee Mol, Belgium
September 2013 --- June 2014
Thesis: Stress-induced mutagenesis in Cupriavidus metallidurans strains
This thesis had a two-sided purpose: The first was to determine which processes,
molecules and stresses are responsible for the temperature-induced mortality and
The second purpose was to increase zinc-resistance in the C. metallidurans CH34 and
AE104 strains by using directed evolution.
Applied skills: microscopy techniques (classic light, confocal, time-lapse, electron
microscopy), PCR techniques, gel-electrophoresis, cell culture, microbiological
techniques, development of assays for mitigation of mutagenesis, creation of mutant
derivatives, genomic and proteomic analysis techniques, UV-VIS spectroscopy,
bacterial growth modelling and analysis, biological fitness analysis, statistical analysis
Research Trainee Mol, Belgium
June 2011 --- September 2011
Thesis: A study on the binding mechanisms between beta-galactosidase and mixed
The purpose of this thesis was to determine the binding mechanisms between three
different mixed-matrix-membranes and the enzyme β-galactosidase for use in a
Training of a lab technician to take over this research after my internship.
Applied skills: Food science & technology, colloid chemistry, (bio)chemical reactor
science, membrane technology, enzymatic activity assays, development
Trainee research laboratory technician Mol, Belgium
September 2007 --- June 2008
Thesis: Identification of ISS samples by culture dependent and culture independent
methods within the MISSEX project
The first purpose of this thesis was to evaluate and characterize the bacterial burden
of the skin of cosmonauts before, during and after their stay in the ISS space station.
The second purpose was to analyse the evolution of antibiotic resistance of bacteria
before and after their exposure to space radiation and microgravity.
Applied skills: cell culture, microbiological techniques, genomic and proteomic
analysis techniques, PCR techniques, UV-VIS spectroscopy, antibiotic resistance
assays, phylogenetic analysis and comparison, statistical analysis
AdaptabilityCritical thinkingDependabilityProblem solvingAnalytical thinkingApproachabilityCuriosityFlexibilityInterest in knowledgeSelf-disciplineResiliencyTrust
Molecular & Cellular Biology Cell biology Animal models Biochemistry Biostatistics Labtechnician R&DAnesthesiaAllergy and immunologyAnimal trialBiotechnologyCell CultureDNA sequencingDNADNA extractionAntibodiesConfocal MicroscopyFlow CytometryGeneticsLabtechnicianImmunohistochemistry (IHC)Enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)HPLCMicrobiologyMicrosoft OfficeLaboratorySurgical InstrumentsSurgeryStatisticsSDS-PAGEOxidative stressPCRProtein ExpressionProtocolR&DGMPGood Laboratory Practice (GLP)Quality Assurance (QA)
Skills and Expertise
Develop protocols Interpret data Molecular Diagnostics Use a confocal microscopyDesign protocolExtrapolate dataExecute scientific projectslifesciencePilot scale batchesOral presentationOperate research equipmentReport study conclusionsWrite protocolsWrite statistical reports
Msc in Bioscience engineering (ir.) in biotechnology / biomolecular engineering from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2015
Msc, Industrial engineer (ing.) in Biosciences, industrial engineer in agriculture and horticulture from Katholieke Hogeschool Kempen in 2012
Bsc in Biotechnology from Provinciale Hogeschool Limburg in 2008
in Mathematics and Modern languages from Onze-Lieve-Vrouwe Humaniora in 2004
in FELASA european functions ABD from Københavns Universitet in 0
Training and Certification
FELASA B - ANIMAL HANDLING Certification
FELASA functions ABD Certification