PhD student at BIOMED - Immunology
Since September 2012
During my PhD, I aim to determine the cause for CD4+CD28null T cell expansions and their role in multiple sclerosis. I hypothesize that CMV infection triggers the expansion of CD4+CD28null T cells and that both CMV as well as CD4+CD28null T cells aggravate MS disease.
February 2012 --- August 2012
Every weekend, I was responsible for maintaining a hybridoma cell line.
Senior internship - Immunology
November 2011 --- June 2012
Project title: Defining the neurotrophic and immunomodulatory properties of Wharton’s jelly stem cells. Main accomplishments: mastering FACS, qRT-PCR, ELISA, in vivo experiments (EAE and EtBr model in rats), isolation and differentiation of stem cells.
Junior internship - Toxicology
January 2011 --- April 2011
During my junior practical training, I determined the paraoxonase (PON) activity in human plasma and vascular endothelial cells. In addition, I investigated whether α-tocopherolphosphate is a substrate of paraoxonase. Main accomplishments: measuring enzyme kinetics and antioxidant capacities
Major internship - Physiology and Biophysics
April 2010 --- May 2010
This internship was divided into 2 projects. First, I studied the effect of maternal inflammation on the microglia of the embryonic neocortex. The second project evaluated the transfection of the glycine receptor α3 and the glutamate-sensitive chloride channel in human embryonic kidney (HEK) 293T cells. Main accomplishments: learning immunohistochemistry, patch clamp, cell culturing and transfection
Master in Clinical molecular science from Universiteit Hasselt in 2012
bachelor in Biomedical sciences from Universiteit Hasselt in 2010
in Latin - Sciences from Heilig-Graf instituut in 2007
Training and Certification
Attest - Animator in het jeugdwerk Certification
Certificate in Laboratory Animal Science (FELASA C, proefleider) Certification
Certificate in Radiation protection Certification