Specialized in clinical microbiology, molecular biology, cancer research, infectious diseases, inflammation, cell signaling, immunology, animal models and bioinformatics.
postdoctoral researcher Ghent, Belgium
Since June 2010
As a postdoctoral researcher, I acquired competence in DNA/RNA/protein based technologies (e.g PCR, genome sequencing, RT-PCR, western blotting, ...), immunology (ELISA, immunohistochemistry staining, ...), cell culture techniques (phenotypic assays, transfection assays, cell binding assays), in vivo models, infectious diseases, cancer biology and bioinformatics. My research includes how bacterial pathogens interact with the human stomach and cause disease, including gastric cancer and neurodegenerative disorders. More specifically, I'm investigating which human proteins are involved in disease development. I also designed and managed several research projects, attracted financial support for them and have prior experience in leading andd training lab technicians and PhD students throughout these projects.
PhD student Ghent, Belgium
November 2006 --- June 2010
I obtained a PhD degree in Veterinary Sciences.
During my PhD thesis, I aquired skills in bacteriology, antimicrobial resistance, molecular biology, bioinformatics, scientific writing and presentation
Junior Scientist Leuven, Belgium
November 2005 --- October 2006
I worked as a junior scientist for this clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company where I screened candidate drug targets for cancer therapies using in vitro (cell culture experiments (e.g. cytotoxicity assays) and in vivo mouse models.
Creative thinkingCollaborationCommunicativeCompetitivenessCritical thinkingIndependenceProblem solvingResponsibilitySelf-disciplineSociability
R&D Animal modelsMolecular & Cellular BiologyBacteriologyImmunoassaysGenomicsPCRProject CoordinationProject PlanningProblem SolvingLeadership Scientific writingBioinformaticsAssay developmentCancer ResearchCell Based AssaysCell SignalingData AnalysisDiagnosticsDNA sequencingELISAEpidemiologyGastroenterologyGood Laboratory Practice (GLP)grant writing and designGraphPad PrismImmunohistochemistryImmunofluorescenceInflammationLinuxMicrobiological TechniquesNeurosciencePerlPreclinical ResearchPresentationsPublic Healthreal-time PCRStandard Operating Procedure (SOP)TeachingTeamworkWestern BlottingDrug Discovery
Skills and Expertise
Design scientific projects (in biology) Analyze data Create SOPs Guide students Write papersCoachConduct literature searchesConduct university research Coordinate projectsdrafting grant applicationsEthics committee applicationFollow up projectsGastrointestinal diseasesManage research projectsManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationOrganise meetingsPublication of articlesSupervise PhD studentsSupervise techniciansTeachingUse laboratory techniquesWork cross-functionallyWrite final reports
Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Veterinary Sciences from Faculty of Veterinary Medicine, Ghent University in 2010
Master in Bioengineering (cell and gene biotechnology) from Ghent University in 2005
Training and Certification
gentle hands-on introduction to python programming in 2015 Training
Introduction to gene regulation in 2015 Training
Introduction to next generation sequencing data analysis in 2015 Training
post-doc leadership training in 2015 Training
Linux for bioinformatics in 2014 Training
working with bacterial genomes in 2014 Training
docententraining in 2014 Certification
academic English writing skills in 2010 Certification
Felasa C certificate in 2009 Certification