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Skills: veterinary immunology, immunization experiments, use of antimicrobial proteins in foodchain, gene regulation in infectous diseases, protein interactions, statistical data analysis, 2D and 3D cell culture methods, dynamic cell culture, fluorescence microscopy, (immuno)histochemical techniques, cell-biomaterial interactions, viability testing, cytotoxicity testing Goals: : further broaden my research skills and knowledge in the field of veterinary immunology by in vitro and in vivo testing. Deepen my organisatory skills and problem solving attitude. Presentation of scientific results: - Best Poster Award for Poster presentation of 'Immune suppression by Escherichia coli O157:H7 in calves after an oral infection: a study of fecal shedding and gene expression'​ on the 3th International Congress of Bacteriology and Infectious diseases, August 4-6 2015 in Valencia, Spain. - Oral presentation of 'Immune suppression in calves after an oral infection with Escherichia coli O157:H7'​ on the 2th International Symposium of E. coli and the Mucosal Immune System, July 10-13th 2015 in Ghent, Belgium - Oral presentation of 'Fecal shedding and gene expression profile suggest suppression of the immunity in calves after an oral infection with Escherichia coli O157:H7'​ on the 3th international OneHealth Congress, March 15-18th 2015 in Amsterdam, The Netherlands. - Poster presentation of 'Effect of bovine lactoferrin on antibody responses in E. coli O157:H7 infected cattle'​ on the 10th International Veterinary Immunology Symposium, August 28th-September 1st 2013 in Milan, Italy. - Poster presentation of 'Treatment of E. coli O157:H7 infected sheep with lactoferrin' on the 17th Conference on Food Microbiology organized by the Belgian Society for Food Microbiology, September 20-21st 2012 in Brussels, Belgium.


Current Experience

  • PhD student
    Since January 2012
    Project: "Control of enterohaemorrhagic E. coli infection in human via food by treatment of cattle and sheep with lactoferrin (LF) and prevention of infection by vaccination." Main tasks: - Experimental design, laboratory work, statistical data analysis and interpretation of data - Animal experiment leader in cattle, sheep and mice studies - Writing reports and scientific communications - Presentation of results during internal lab meetings and international conferences - Follow-up of students during their master thesis - Give and organize practical courses to bachelor and master students - Keeping track of scientific literature in the field

Past Experience

  • Internship master's thesis (Department of Basic Medical Sciences)
    January 2010 --- June 2011
    "Encapsulation of cells in tailor-made porous polymerscaffolds by bioplotting". This was applied on the development of a bioactive meniscus in tissue engineering therapy. - Working in level 2 cell culture lab - Working with laboratory animals - Startup of primary cell cultures from laboratory animal tissues - (Immuno) histochemical techniques - Fluorescence microscopy - Dynamic culture methods - Research on cell-biomaterial interactions, cytotoxicity, live-dead assays, viability-testing


LinkedIn Assessment :
CellFluorescence MicroscopyCell CultureAssay developmentTissue EngineeringAnimal WorkMicroscopyIn VivoAnimal ModelsELISAImmunologyTissue CultureGene RegulationImmunizationInnate immunityInfectious diseasesProtein chemistrymolecular biologyIn VitroPCRLife SciencesCell biologyLaboratoryscienceWestern BlottingScientific WritingResearch


  • Master in Biomedical Sciences from Ghent University in 2011
  • Bachelor in Biomedical Sciences from Ghent University in 2009
  • in Latin-Mathematics from Lyceum Aalst in 2005

Training and Certification

  • Brevet Eerste Hulp Certification
  • Brevet Helper (Vervolgcursus) Certification
  • FELASA -C certificate Certification

Area / Region

Aalst, Belgium


Driving License
  • No