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.
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!
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).
-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).
jobstudent Bioincubator Leuven
July 2009 --- August 2009
Help starting up research (Clinical trial project).
Interesting contact with industry related to food and health.
SociabilityCritical thinkingInterest in knowledgeInnovative thinking
Fluorescence MicroscopyMicrobiologyBiotechnologyflowMaterials ScienceBiophysics
Skills and Expertise
Use fluorescence microscopywet labexperimental design for researchspectroscopyDesign scientific projects (in biology)micro-organisms in R&Dbiomolecules
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
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