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Current Experience

  • Postdoctoral Research Fellow
    Since November 2014

    - Applications ethical approval and biobank

    - Design, planning and performance of clinical trials in diseased and healthy populations, investigating the cardiometabolic risk profile

    - Monitoring study progress of ongoing studies

    - Introduction and optimization of new techniques and protocols in the lab (via international internships at Maastricht University, VUMC Amsterdam, Aarhus University Denmark and via collaborations with local hospitals)

    - Task, project and financial management of on-going projects of our team

    - Build and maintain relationships with collaborative partners and study sites

    - Data collection, (statistical) analysis, review/control

    - Data presentation at national and international conferences

    - Scientific writing, grant writing

    - Supervision of PhD- and master thesis students

    - Teaching

Past Experience

  • Ph.D. Student
    November 2010 --- November 2014

    - Design, planning and performance of clinical trials in diseased and healthy populations, investigating glucose intolerance & the risk to develop type II diabetes and pathophysiological mechanisms (immunological, metabolic, neural and muscular) by looking on a number of different biomarkers

    - Design, planning and performance of animal research (FELASA B certified)

    - Data collection, analysis, review and presentation

    - Scientific writing

    - Supervision of master thesis students

    - Teaching


Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingAttention to detailCollaborationCommunicativeCritical thinkingFlexibilityIndependenceInterest in knowledgeOptimismOrganizationProblem solvingResiliencyResponsibilityResult OrientedSelf-discipline


Self Assessment :
Animal models Diabetes Scientific writingAnalysisAnimal trialBiomarkersBiomedical SciencesBudget ManagementCardiovascular diseasesCell CultureClinical Data ManagementClinical researchClinical Study DesignClinical trial designClinical trial managementClinical trialsCNSCommunication SkillsData AnalysisEnglishEnzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)Ethics submission and approval processGood Clinical Practice (GCP)Grant PreparationGrant WritingGood Publication Practice (GPP)HospitalsImmunofluorescenceImmunohistochemistryInflammationInternational RelationsLaboratory SkillsLeadershipLife SciencesMetabolismMicroscopyMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordNeurologyNeurosciencePatient recruitmentPatient Screening and RecruitmentPCRPhysical medicine and rehabilitationPresentation SkillsPresentationsPrinciples and ethics of clinical researchProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProject ManagementPublic SpeakingRandomization and blindingRecruitingReport WritingResearchSASscienceScientific CommunicationsScientific methodologyScientific WritingSearch literature on clinical trialsSocial SkillsSports medicineSPSSStatistical Data AnalysisStatisticsStudy outcomes and outcome measuresStudy proposalsStudy protocolsTeachingTeamworkTranslational ResearchUnderstand levels of research evidence

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analyze data Analytical skills Control data Develop clinical trial protocols Develop protocols Guide students Interact with nurses Interact with physicians Interpret data Monitor a clinical study Report data Search literature on clinical trials Write papers Write protocolsAdjust processes and methodsassess the needs of the project(s)/program(s) and make changes in process, work flow and/or assignments.Assign activitiesAssist with experimentsAssist with proceduresAttend at steering committee meetingsAttend investigator meetingAttend seminarsAttend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companyCalculate timelines for conducting and completing the trialClinical data collectionCoachcollaborate in research projects at universitiesCollaborate with medical teamCollaborate with principal investigatorCollaborate with project teamCollect dataCommunicate with investigatorCommunicate with sponsorConduct animal studiesConduct literature searchesConduct research at universitiesConduct studiesConduct the trialConduct university research Contact potential subjectsCoordinationCreates a collaborative team environmentDesign clinical trialDesign exclusion criteriaDesign inclusion criteriaDesign protocolDesign scientific experimentsDesign studiesDesign study documentsDetermine statistical analysis Determine potential relationshipsDevelop clinical hypothesesDevelop protocolsDevelop strong internal relationships with stakeholdersdrafting grant applicationsEnsure data integrityEnsure good clinical practice (GCP)Establish professional relationships with partnersEthics committee applicationGuide studentsInformed consent processInitiate clinical trials Interact with ethics committeeInteract with nursesInteract with physiciansInteract with regulatory stakeholdersInteract with statisticiansInterpret analytical resultsInterpret research resultsInterpret scientific dataLead studiesLiaise with doctors and other professionals throughout the studylifescienceMaintain strong relationshipsManage clinical trial files/documentsManuscript preparationManuscript preparation and reviewNetworkObserve trends in dataObtain grantsOral presentationOrganise meetingsPatient recruitmentPlan experimentsPlanning clinical studiesPrepare investigator brochuresPrepare manuscriptPrepare final reportPresent clinical resultsPresent data at congressProcure and prepare samplesproject managementPublication of articlesPublish scientific projectsRead medical literature to maintain current awareness and knowledgeReport study conclusionsResearch at universitiesReview dataReview data interpretationReview exclusion criteriaReview inclusion criteriaReview informed consent processReview protocolsReview the interpretation of dataSchedule trial visitsScreen patientsSearch literature on clinical trialsSet up a clinical studySet up research projectsSolve problemsStatistical analysisSupervise PhD studentsTeach university studentsTeachingUnderstand protocolsUse fluorescence microscopyUse laboratory techniquesUse western blotting techniqueVerify dataWork collaboratively with the other members of the clinical research team Write documentsWrite papersWritten presentation


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Hasselt University in 2014
  • Master in Bioscience engineering from KULeuven in 2010

Training and Certification

  • Academic Leadership for Postdocs in 2015 Training
  • How to Write a Winning Grant Proposal in 2015 Training
  • Good scientific conduct in 2013 Training
  • Project management in 2012 Training
  • Several statistics courses in 2012 Training
  • Academic English in 2011 Training
  • Effective scientific communication in 2011 Training
  • FELASA B in 2009 Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 2 days per week
  • International:


    Expert has 1 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Balen, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes