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I am a PhD student at the Faculty of Bioengineering at Katholieke Universiteit Leuven. My work concerns the identification of key taste compounds in Belgian endive, their quantification, and the assessment of their variation across different varieties and agricultural parameters. My main tool is high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) coupled to a variety of detectors such as UV, ELSD and mass spectrometry. My knowledge of chromatography goes from sample preparation and method development to instrument refurbishment and maintenance. I am highly skilled in HPLC and GC troubleshooting, both at the hardware and at the separation level. Besides this, I am a specialist in multivariate data analysis, reproducible research, design of experiments and data visualization. My scientific interests span over a wide range, including many fields such as informatics, metabolomics, molecular biology, biochemistry, analytical chemistry and biochemistry, food chemistry, organic chemistry and microbiology. While my education has been focused mainly on the last three subjects, my passion for science led me to autonomously explore other fields. My best skill is to be able to develop an inter-disciplinary approach to the research I am working on.


Current Experience

  • PhD Candidate
    Since March 2011
    Analysis of flavour compounds of Belgian endive with an -omics approach.

Past Experience

  • Research fellow
    January 2009 --- January 2010
    Research of new molecular markers related to stress resistance in the pig genome

  • Student
    January 2005 --- January 2009


Self Assessment :
Analytical ChemistryChromatographyMass SpectrometryStatistical Data AnalysisData cleaningRProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingTroubleshooting
LinkedIn Assessment :
gas chromatographyLiquid chromatographyMass SpectrometryChemometricsData Visualizationpreparative chromatographyHPLCHPLC-ELSDHPLC-UVMPLCFPLCHILICQ-TOFHPLC-MSGC-MSSolid Phase ExtractionLinuxRLaTeXLC-MSSilly boats

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analytical skillsOral presentationWritten presentation Analyze data Develop protocols Guide students Interpret data Technology research Write papers Write protocolscollaborate in research projects at universitiesConduct studiesData codingData entryData miningData validationData verificationEvaluate protocolsInterpret analytical resultsInteract with statisticiansInterpret scientific dataManuscript preparation and reviewOperate research equipmentPlan experimentsReview data interpretationSolve problemsStatistical analysisStorytellingSupervise techniciansTeach university students


  • Food Sciences and Technology in Food Science from Università degli Studi di Parma in 2009
  • Food Sciences and Technology in Food Science and Technology from Università degli Studi di Parma in 2007


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    5 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Field Service Engineer Lab Analyst Product Specialist Scientific Writer
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 3 days per week
  • International:


    Expert has 3 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

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Driving License
  • Yes