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Experiences

Current Experience

  • PhD student
    Since October 2012
    Venoms from cone snails can be seen as an untapped cocktail of biologically active compuonds, being increasingly recognized as a new emerging source of peptide-based therapeutics. Cone snails are considered to be specialized predators that have evolved the most sophisticated peptide chemistry and neuropharmacology for their own biological purpose by producing venoms which contain a structural and functional diversity of neurotoxins. These neurotoxins or conotoxins are small peptides which have shown to be higly selective ligands for a wide range of ion channels and receptors. My project aims to discover new peptides with potent and selective activity, applicable in therapeutic usage. The main concrete result that I intend to achieve with this project is the availability of new neuro-active compounds that can be used to treat ion channel or ionotropic/metabotropic receptor related disorders, with fewer side effects, and with a detailed description of the pharmacodynamic profile of these peptides.

Past Experience

  • Student
    September 2007 --- June 2012

    Extracurricullar activities:

    2012-2013 Member of board of directors VBI (Vereniging Bio-ingenieurs)

    2012 Leader a youth camp (Chief animator)

    2012 Co-organiser Fulltime-week (for graduating Bio-engineers)

    2012 Member of Departementsraad and Faculteitsraad (University of Leuven)

    2011 Organizer ‘Ladiesweek 2011’

    2010-2011 Member of LOKO, the Leuven Student Body Council (University of Leuven) • working together with praesidia from over the whole university

    2010-2011 Education manager – faculty of Bioscience engineering- and member of Faculteitsraad, Permanente Onderwijscommissie (POC) • leading several meetings, negotiating with professors, solving problems

    2008-2012 Praesidium Landbouwkring: function ‘Education’ in the faculty • discussing problems and constructive thinking

    2005- 2013 Animator in youth movement KAZOU Roeselare-Tielt

    2006-2007 Leader of youth movement Chiro

    2001-2007 Member of youth movement - Chiro

Personality

Self Assessment :
Creative thinkingAdaptabilityCollaborationCommunicativeCritical thinkingCuriosityEfficiencyInnovative thinkingOptimismProblem solvingResult OrientedResponsibilityInterest in knowledge

Knowledge

Self Assessment :
Drug DevelopmentPeptidesToxicologyPharmaceutical DevelopmentPharmaceutical SciencespharmacologyBiotechnologyBiomedical Engineering Medical devicesGenetics Cell biologyMolecular & Cellular Biology
LinkedIn Assessment :
molecular biologyResearchGeneticsPCRELISAProcess improvementstudiousElectrophysiologypreciseQuality AssuranceProtein CharacterizationDrug DiscoveryBiotechnologieLife SciencesMedical DevicesPharmaceuticalsHPLCWestern BlottingData AnalysisProblem SolvingBio-informaticslooking for challengescreativeresponsibleSocialLeading Figureautonomicteam player

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
electrophysiologydrug discoveryhplcpeptide purificationprotein sequencingfrog surgeryRNADNA Analyze data Control data Develop protocols Guide students Interpret data Report data Write papers Write protocolsAnalyze proteincollaborate in research projects at universitiesManage research projectsManuscript reviewNetworkOral presentationSolve problemsTeachingTeach university studentsWrite papers

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Toxicology and Pharmacology from KU Leuven in 2016
  • Post Graduate in Biomedical Engineering from KU Leuven in 2016
  • Master's degree in Bioscience engineering from University of Leuven in 2012
  • Bachelor in Bioscience engineering from Universidad de Salamanca in 2010

Training and Certification

  • Laboratory Animal Science in 2013 Certification

Languages

BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Dutch
Native
English
Full Proficiency
German
Professional Proficiency
French
Professional Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Positions I am interested in:
    Medical Advisor Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Research Trainee Trainee
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Flemish Brabant, Belgium Oost-Vlaanderen, Belgium West Flanders, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 1 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    100% FTE
  • International:
    Yes

Publications

    Expert has 5 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes