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I'm a biomedical scientist, currently in the last year of my PhD. I am passionate about immunology and autoimmunity and try to convey my enthusiasm to students and colleagues. I’m ready for the next big adventure, which will hopefully broaden my research expertise and personal skills.


Current Experience

  • 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.

Past Experience

  • Student Job
    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


LinkedIn Assessment :
ImmunohistochemistryCryostatFlow CytometryCell CultureCell biologymolecular biologyPCRLifesciencesGeneticsFluorescence MicroscopyGel ElectrophoresisELISAscienceRNA isolationResearchDNAFACSqPCRLife Sciences


  • 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


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • International:

Area / Region

Bilzen, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes