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Summary

I love to work interdisciplinary: I am a well-balanced mix of biophysicist, biochemist and bio-engineer. Next to my biotech knowledge, I gathered a good understanding in the fields of microscopy and optics, nanotechnology and some basics of rheology and flow dynamics (flow properties).

As a team player I enjoy, while working with others, to accomplish goals like helping to organise summer schools, conferences and meetings.

My new challenge should be an industrial position were I can use my scientific know-how to help my company grow. Interests are food technology and research, biomedical R&D and innovative biotechnology development.

 

Experiences

Current Experience

  • Process Development Scientist Olen, Belgium
    Since March 2016

    In the global R&D team of Mars Food I provide the scientific and technical support to allow the company to grow, improve and be more efficient in multiple food technologies.

    As a Process Development Scientist I am part of the Global Process development Team and part of the Applied Science & Process Development Platform. I have a close collaboration with all my national and international collaborators and technicians of the R&D team (BE, NL, UK, USA) but also with the site implementation team, engineering and other plant platforms.

  • Postdoctoral Researcher Leuven, Belgium
    Since June 2015

    Independent researcher on deposited nanomaterials and biomaterials via self-constructed microscopes and flow analysis.

    I love to work interdisciplinary and have a broad background in biochemistry, biophysics, nanotech and microscopy. I have a strong background in many biotech related subjects.

     

     

    International mobility: 2 months post-doctoral academic guest at the laboratory of Soft Materials at ETH Z Hönggerberg.
    (Department of Materials at ETH-Zurich, top 5 universities in the world.)

    1) Construction of magnetic tweezer for active microrheology of biopolymers.
    2) Study of dendrimerized chemical self-synthetised polymers using state-of-the-art microscopy in collaboration with prof. Schlüter.
    3) Course material for prof. Isa Soft Materials II about super-resolution microscopy & nanoscopy (teaching).

     

     

    My academic carreer allowed me to work independent and in group, I learned to organise and plan meeting and conferences, write reports, presentation and teaching, initial managment by helping/guiding thesisstudents and PhD students. I actively sought out international collaborators making me a flexibel teamplayer.

    I had contact with multiple companies like Nikon, Olympus, Ecover, ICOS, P&G ... were in some way I worked together and did small projects for or with them. These initial contacts showed me how interesting industry can be!

Past Experience

  • Innovation expert starting spin-off Leuven, Belgium
    August 2015 --- December 2015

    In pursuit of IWT Spin off mandate
    Innovation Manager at starting spin-off to use super-resolution microscopy for DNA barcoding.
    Working in R&D in collaboration with an international team of researchers.

    Prototype development of automated super-resolution microscopy for DNA labelling, read-out and bioinformatic matching.

    Based on my previous research R&D for new diagnostic tool.

  • Doctoral Researcher Heverlee, Belgium
    October 2010 --- June 2015

    PhD study: Investigation of nanomaterials using fluorescence microscopy. Probing for the influence of nanoparticle/material science substrate properties upon the flow properties/reology in colloidal suspensions using ultra fast confocal microscopy and super resolution microscopy techniques. Worked in the department of Chemistry and Chemical Engineering of the University of Leuven.

     

    Using self-built microscopes for multiple bio-nano applications! Multiple other techniques were used in combination with chemical lab practises and overal practical work (machine construction-mechanical movement-optical design-biochemical conservation-software improvement feedback).
    Wet lab experience with biomolecules, bacteria and human cells in biophysical and biochemical context. (Combination of microorganisms, flow dynamics biotechnology and biophysics).

     

    Voluntary duties:

    -Teaching assistent for multiple Bachelor and Master courses, ranging from basic Chemistry to Biochemistry, Nanobiology and Advanced Microscopy.

    -Ombuds person that in case of conflicts between professors and students acts to find solutions, by negotiation. I also seated in the examination councils.

    -I actively participate in the academic council POC (to improve the teaching quality) as a voice for the teaching assistants and PhD researchers.

     

    International mobility: 4 months stay @ dept. Nanobiophotonics in Göttingen (Germany), under prof. Dr. Stefan Hell (Novel prize 2014).

     

  • jobstudent Heverlee, Belgium
    July 2010 --- August 2010

    Optimisation of research of luminescent zeolytes. This as a product in new lamps as luminscent sources or as cleaning agents and others.

    Support in synthesis, charaterization, data analysis etc.

  • Master Thesis Heverlee
    September 2009 --- June 2010

    Thesis study under prof. Dr. Johan Hofkens:
    Investigation of (fluorescent) silica nanoparticles that can be used in nanomedicine. Probing for their influence in the cell (and possible toxicity, hence called nanotoxicity).

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  • jobstudent Bioincubator Leuven
    July 2009 --- August 2009

    Help starting up research (Clinical trial project).

    Interesting contact with industry related to food and health.

Personality

Self Assessment :
SociabilityCritical thinkingInterest in knowledgeInnovative thinking

Knowledge

Self Assessment :
Fluorescence MicroscopyMicrobiologyBiotechnologyflowMaterials ScienceBiophysics

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Use fluorescence microscopywet labexperimental design for researchspectroscopyDesign scientific projects (in biology)micro-organisms in R&Dbiomolecules

Education

  • Ph.D. in biophysics from KUL in 2015
  • Master in Bioengineering (Nanotech) from KULeuven in 2010
  • Bachelor in Biochemistry and Biotechnology from KUL in 2008

Training and Certification

  • laser safety in 2011 Training
  • Teaching at university in 2011 Training
  • Fire safety in 2010 Training
  • Languages

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

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    1 week
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Senior Scientist Scientist researcher Research Scientist Project Leader Project Manager Engineer
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Aarschot, Belgium Diest, Belgium Geel, Belgium Halen, Belgium Kortenberg, Belgium Leuven, Belgium Olen, Belgium Tienen, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    No
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:
    Yes

Publications

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

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes