- Core values: passion - innovation - respect - enthusiasm - creativity
- Eager to learn
- Excellent communication skills (written and verbal)
- Analytical and problem-solving (scientific)
- Commercial mindset, looking at the bigger picture
- Team player
With a solid background in Research (clinical and fundamental) and the Biomedical Life Sciences, I have passionately devoted the past 5.5 years to investigating the role of a novel antigenic target (biomarker) in multiple sclerosis. During this time I have not only been involved in a laboratory setting but also further evolved my analytical and problem-solving skills. Furthermore, being a team-player, it was very rewarding to work with several other research groups. I am a social, creative and focused person with great perseverance, not afraid to take action, with the necessary "multitask" skills (including the combination work and family); but I am also very willing to learn even more. It is therefore very important to me to work and get satisfaction in what I do and know that I am contributing something. The latter is very important for me, and one of the reasons why I chose to look further than the academic setting, and more in the bio/pharma/IT industry and healthcare sector.
Looking for a new job opportunity with a clear focus on translational research and innovation, including more sales-oriented and management functions; i.e. functions for which a scientific (bio)medical background is essential and not pure fundamental research.
Since October 2015
ICT + Health
For this function I am responsible for the R&D projects within Cubigo. From follow-up and implementation of ongoing projects to analysis and business development of novel opportunities. Further, I am responsible for data analysis of user metrics for different projects and on corporate level. From data to insights which are important for decision making.
PhD (FWO aspirant)
September 2009 --- September 2015
Research into a potential new candidate autoantigen for multiple sclerosis (Field: immunology, neurology, biomarker research, protein analysis and characterization) FWO grant: 2010-2015 (end September) • Perform research on neuro-immunological biomarkers (diagnostic and prognostic) according to GLP (independently and in a team ); analyze and solve problems; set up (inter)national collaborations (e.g. The Netherlands, Spain) • Knowledge of the following laboratory techniques: PCR and primer design, RT-qPCR, western blot, affinity chromatography (Äkta), antibody production and purification, cell culture (primary cells and cell lines) according to GCCP, ELISA + development and optimization of new ELISA tests (diagnostics), immunohistochemistry and (fluorescence) microscopy (pathology), transfections and flow cytometry (FACS) • Scientific writing of articles, conference abstracts, SOPS, project applications or grants and ethical matrices; manage budget and material stocks and placing orders • Perform statistical analysis • Guide bachelor and master students in the lab and provide motivation and coaching during their thesis writing • Give presentations, follow-up on recent literature, organizing conferences and recruiting new internship students
Analytical thinkingAttention to detailCreative thinkingInnovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeProblem solvingOptimismCollaboration
Skills and Expertise
Develop protocols Guide students Interact with physicians Interpret data Molecular Diagnostics Write papersAnalyze dataBiomarker ResearchValidate dataCollaborate with project team
Master’s Degree in Clinical molecular sciences from Universiteit Hasselt in 2009
Bachelor Biomedical Sciences in Clinical Molecular Sciences from Universiteit Hasselt in 2007