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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 Food Science, Food Safety, Process development, optics, Nanotechnology and some basics of rheology & flow dynamics.

as a team player i enjoy, while working with others, to accomplish goals like helping to organise summer schools, conferences and meetings. i have a understanding in business and ip/legal working relevant for r&d fellow/Scientist. i have lead multiple teams and projects and love to be part of one too!

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 Technology 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.

    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!

    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).

    17.3/20

  • 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
  • CLT Spanish C1+ in 2016 Certification

Languages

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

Work Preferences

  • Positions I am interested in:
    Senior Scientist Scientist researcher Project Leader Project Manager Engineer Research Scientist R&D manager
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Aarschot, Belgium Diest, Belgium Halen, Belgium Kortenberg, Belgium Leuven, Belgium Mechelen, Belgium Olen, Belgium Tienen, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 1 days per week
  • 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

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