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Summary

I have gathered extensive experience in clinical, translational and basic research, hereby combining both academic and industrial backgrounds. After several years of clinical trial follow-up (incl initiation, monitoring, accountability, ...), I was able to conduct PhD studies, adding to my experience in the preclinical domain of cancer research, not only by performing lab-based bench work, but also by writing and publishing scientific reports (research articles and reviews), including scientific illustration design.

In this complex field, I have always aimed at maintaining a bird's eye view on the different developments, both in technology advancements and biological discoveries, in order to consider pitfalls and trends in the development of tailored therapeutic approaches. 

Experiences

Past Experience

  • Researcher Ghent, België
    September 2014 --- December 2014

  • Researcher
    April 2014 --- June 2014

  • PhD student
    February 2008 --- June 2014
    PhD thesis "Signatures of breast cancer progression: identification of Krüppel-like factor 9 as a suppressor of invasive growth" Promoters: Prof P. Pauwels (UA/UZA), Prof F. Lardon (UA) and Prof O. De Wever (UGent)

  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
    April 2005 --- January 2008
    Clinical trials phase II - III in gastro-intestinal oncology and phase I-trials in solid tumour-malignancies. Outsourced from Valesta.

  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
    February 2003 --- January 2008
    Full-time employed and outsourced on temporary bases to pharmaceutical companies (Hoffmann - La Roche, Merck).

  • Clinical Research Associate (CRA)
    June 2003 --- March 2005
    Clinical trials phase II - III in gastro-intestinal oncology. Outsourced from Valesta.

Personality

Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityWillingness to compromiseAttention to detailCollaborationCreative thinkingCritical thinkingCuriosityEfficiencyFlexibilityInnovative thinkingInterest in knowledgeProblem solvingAnalytical thinkingAssertivenessIndependenceSociabilityStrategic thinking

Knowledge

Self Assessment :
Western BlottingCancerCell biologyEarly development stageMolecular & Cellular BiologyoncologyPCRScientific Writing Scientific writingBiotechnologyCell CultureImmunohistochemistry (IHC)Clinical researchClinical monitoring Cell biologyICH-GCPGynecologic oncologyGCPFluorescence MicroscopyEnglishDNA extractionDNAClinical trialsClinical operationsImmunofluorescence R&DIn VitroSerious Adverse Event (SAE)TransfectionRT-PCRR&DPre-clinical researchPowerPointPhases of clinical development (phase I to IV)Informed Consent ProcessINDSDS-PAGERNA
LinkedIn Assessment :
Cell Based AssaysClinical researchoncologymolecular biologyClinical trialsLifesciencesLife SciencesBreast Cancer ResearchCell MigrationMammalian Cell CultureGene ExpressionImmunohistochemistry (IHC)ImmunofluorescenceCancerCell biologyCell CultureClinical monitoring

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Interact with nurses Guide studentslifesciencePublication of articlesRead medical literatureUse western blotting techniqueWrite protocolsWrite combined statistical and medical reportsSolve problemsResearch at universitiesManuscript preparation and reviewDesign scientific projects (in biology)Execute scientific projectsOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Publish scientific projectsscientific illustrationsInterpret dataReview data interpretationin vitroSite managementConduct research at universitiesInteract with pharmacistsInteract with pre-clinical scientistsLiaise with doctorsLiaise with research teamManuscript preparationOral presentationSchedule trial visitsSelect investigatorsdrafting grant applicationsData verification Interact with physicians Interpret data Monitor a clinical study Report data Write papersConduct university research Conduct site initiationManuscript review

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Medical Sciences from Universiteit Antwerpen in 2014
  • Master of Science (MSc) in Medical Biochemistry from Universiteit Antwerpen in 1999

Training and Certification

  • Adobe Illustrator in 2009 Training
  • Adobe DreamWeaver in 2012 Certification

Languages

BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Dutch
Native
English
Full Proficiency
French
Full Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • International:
    Yes

Publications

    Expert has 12 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Antwerp, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes