Senior Internship Diepenbeek, Belgium
January 2015 --- August 2015
During the eight month internship that was a part of the second year of the Master’s program, I studied the effect of several genes on the initiation of the carcinogenenic process in the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea. Although it is known that S. mediterranea can circumvent tumor formation, even after prolonged exposure to genotoxic and non-genotoxic carcinogens, our research group has been successful in evoking bulb formation after usage of RNA interference. These bulbs were further characterized by light microscopic analyses and mitotic analyses (anti-histone H3 staining).
Junior Internship Diepenbeek, Belgium
January 2014 --- April 2014
During the three month internship that was a part of the first year of the Master’s program, I studied the effect of a type of stem cells called multipotent adult progenitor cells (MAPCs), in multiple sclerosis in an in vitro setting. The indirect effect of MAPCs on the protection of an oligondrocyte cell line (OLN93) in a pro-inflammatory environment was studied. In other words, the specific aim was not to study the direct effect of MAPCs differentiating towards a protective cell type, but more to investigate the cytokines produced by the MAPCs in a pro-inflammatory environment. The effect of MAPCs on the M1/M2 polarization of a macrophage cell line (NR8383) was also investigated.
January 2013 --- May 2013
During the first year of my Master’s program in Physical Education at Eastern Kentucky University, I studied the effect of the use of ice vests during exercise of subjects with multiple sclerosis (MS), for a time period of roughly 16 weeks; twice weekly. It is known that MS causes heat intolerance, which is one of the reasons why patients with MS are reluctant in participating in exercise, even at low intensities. By the usage of ice vests, the body temperature was reduced, leading to a higher exercise output and especially a higher level of enjoyment of the participants.
Bachelor internship Diepenbeek
May 2012 --- June 2012
During the two month internship that was a part of the Bachelor’s program, I participated in four distinct projects, which were all a part of the research performed by the Environmental Health Science department at Hasselt University. The common factor of these four projects was toxicity. The researched toxicity was caused by several factors, of which cadmium pollution was one of the main aims. Firstly, the effects of cadmium toxicity on the gene expression in Arabidopsis thaliana were examined, which was then correlated with the root growth. Secondly, the effect of heavy metal pollution on the planarian Schmidtea mediterranea was estimated. Thirdly, in order to find a way to remove cadmium from polluted soils, the phytoremediation process was studied. Phytoremediation was executed by means of cole seed, and during my research, we studied the effects of different types of bacteria on this process. Lastly, the amount of particulate matter was measured in different human-made applications, such as cigarettes, incense, candles, as well as the exhaust gasses of buses.
Attention to detailAnalytical thinkingCompetitivenessCritical thinkingInterest in knowledgeSociability
Actions and modes of action of human physiologyCancerCardiology Animal models Cell biology Medical devices Scientific writingBioinformaticsCardiovascular diseasesCell biologyCell CultureClinical Study DesignClinical trial audits and inspectionsCommunication SkillsData AnalysisData entryDNADNA extractionELISAEndocrinology and metabolismEnglishFlow CytometryFluorescent microscopyGood Clinical Practice (GCP)grant writing and designImmunohistochemistry (IHC)ImmunologyIn VitroIn VivoKnowledge of the drug development processLaboratory TechniquesMedical DevicesMicrobiologyMicroscopyMicrosoft ExcelMolecular & Cellular BiologyNeurologyoncologyOxidative stressPCRPhenotype PowerPointPulmonary diseasesQuality of Life (QoL) outcomesQuantitative PCR (qPCR)RT-PCRScientific methodologyScientific WritingSports medicineStem Cell ResearchUnderstand levels of research evidence
Skills and Expertise
Analyze data Molecular Diagnostics Search literature on clinical trials Report dataCoachCommunicate with investigatorData entry
Master of Science in Biomedical Sciences: Clinical Molecular Science from Hasselt University in 2015
Master of Science in Physical Education: Exercise and Sports Science from Eastern Kentucky University in 2013
Bachelor of Science in Biomedical Sciences from Hasselt University in 2012
Training and Certification
Felasa B in 2014 Certification
Radiation Protection in 2014 Certification