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  • I am a scientist with expertise in the areas of metabolic and neurological diseases.
  • I use my scientific and writing skills by writing blogs about developments in gene therapy for patients with inherited retinal diseases.
  • I would like to understand more of clinical research and thus have completed (MBA) modules about “clinical research management and regulatory affairs” and “project management”.
  • I have been active in advising for and implementing of policies regarding young faculty as the founder of the postdoc association (150 members) at the University of Lausanne.
  • I've worked in several European countries, and therefore I do not only speak Dutch but also English, French and German.
  • I have been secretary and education specialist for the Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering Association (50.000 members).
  • I am someone who quickly masters a new field and takes initiative when I notice that a process can run more efficiently.


Current Experience

  • Postdoctoral fellow
    Since November 2011

    • I study the role of brain sugar sensing in the regulation of whole-body sugar levels. I focus on the differences and similarities between males and females.
    • Techniques used: amongst others, genetic mouse models, metabolic techniques such as calorimetry, Clarity, tissue and single-cell mRNA analysis using RT-q-PCR, ELISA and the cloning and sequencing of plasmids for RNA probes.
    • In this position I have mastered neuroscience and all associated modern techniques, learned French and acquired knowledge regarding University policy in Switzerland. The layer of young faculty appeared invisible at the University of Lausanne urging me to found an association that could speak for this employee layer.

Past Experience

  • researcher
    March 2009 --- March 2012
    Collaborator on International Society for Alzheimer Research (ISAO) project which investigates the effect of insulin resistance on cognitive and affective behaviour and plaque development, Principal Investigator E. Van Donkelaar, PhD. I have advised on the studies that the researchers in this project wanted to perform on the connection between AD and type 2 diabetes. When the grant was approved I have supervised a master student on this project during her experiments in relation to type 2 diabetes.

  • PhD student
    September 2007 --- October 2011

    • I have studied the change in the fatty acid intake of the diabetic heart.
    • Techniques: rat and mouse models for in vivo and in vitro studies on cardiomyocytes and heart metabolism, eg adenovirus production, cardiomyocyte isolation and culture, mouse echocardiography and HPLC.
    • In this position, I had to use my skills in the areas of planning, collaboration and flexibility. My four supervisors were based throughout the Netherlands and Germany. To graduate within four years, I had to coincide my schedule with their calendars and keep all four of them motivated for my project by communication regularly and clearly with everyone.

  • Chief Routesetting and Climbing Instructor
    September 2002 --- September 2011
    Chief Routesetting: maintenance of routes, development of routesetting courses, organisation of routesetting evenings. Climbing Instructor: Indoor and Outdoor. Groups of two to ten persons.

  • Education Program Specialist
    January 2004 --- January 2010
    I have been the president of the education committee of the Maastricht Student Alpine Club. With my committeemembers I have developed and implemented a new education program. Afterwards, I have been a member of the national committee for the implementation of the European guidelines for sports education programs at the Royal Dutch Climbing and Mountaineering association.

  • Sales representative
    October 2001 --- December 2006
    Demmeniesport has been bought by Kathmandu:

  • Student assistant
    January 2005 --- December 2005
    Dept. Neuroscience, European Graduate School of Neuroscience, supervised by Dr. B. Rutten. Working on caloric restriction in Alzheimer’s disease, e.g. Rutten BP et al., The aging brain: accumulation of DNA damage or neuron loss?, Neurobiol Aging, 2007 Jan;28(1):91-8.


Self Assessment :
ApproachabilityCoordinationEfficiencyOptimismProactivityResiliencyResult OrientedWillingness to compromiseOrganizationInterest in knowledgeKindness


Self Assessment :
Diabetes Animal models Scientific writingActions and modes of action of human physiologyCardiovascular diseasesCell SignalingClinical researchCNSCommunication SkillsData AnalysisEndocrinology and metabolismEnglishEthics submission and approval processEvent ManagementGeneticsGraphPad PrismInnovation ManagementLeadershipLife SciencesMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordNeuroscienceOphthalmologyPatient recruitmentPhysiologyProject PlanningResearchScientific CommunicationsTeamworkUnderstanding of regulatory guidelines
LinkedIn Assessment :
MetabolismNeuroscienceIn VivoIn VitroMotivatorEvents OrganizerOrganisational skillsUniversity TeachingCell CultureAnimal ModelsGenomicsmolecular biologyCommunicationProject ManagementLeadershipLifesciencesscienceImmunohistochemistryCell biologyResearchWestern BlottingqPCRConfocal MicroscopyPhysiologyRock ClimbingTrail RunningperseveranceWritten & Oral Presentation SkillsFundraisingLife Sciences

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analyze data Develop protocols Interpret dataassess the needs of the project(s)/program(s) and make changes in process, work flow and/or assignments.Cell cultureCoach staffCommunicationWrite papersValidate dataUse laboratory techniquesSource animalsSet up research projectsPublish scientific projectsPresent data at congressOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Manage research projectslifescience


  • Certificate in MBA Management of technology-based Entreprise. Clinical trial management and regulatory affairs. from Ecole polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne in 2016
  • B1 in French language from Ecole Club Migros in 2013
  • Certificate in Global Health: An Interdisciplinary Overview from coursera in 2013
  • German language, B1 level. in from Ecole Club Migros in 2013
  • MSc in Clinical Molecular Sciences with a minor in neuromuscular development from Universiteit Maastricht / Maastricht University in 2007
  • Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Molecular Lifesciences from Universiteit Maastricht / Maastricht University in 2005
  • Propedeuse in Architecture from Eindhoven University of Technology in 2002
  • Gymnasium diploma in Nederlands,Engels,Grieks,WiskundeA,WiskundeB,Biologie,Natuurkunde,Scheikunde,Aardrijkskunde,Tekenen from Stedelijk Gymnasium Nijmegen in 2001

Training and Certification

  • Project Management in 2016 Training
  • Healthcare Innovation and Entrepreneurship Certification
  • Illustrator for beginners Certification
  • Sustainability of Food Systems: A Global Life Cycle Perspective Certification
  • Training in Project Management (according to ISO standards) Certification
  • Wordpress Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    7 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Associate Scientist associate Clinical Project Manager Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Clinical Project Manager (CPM) Clinical Research Manager Clinical Safety Associate Clinical Trial Assistant (CTA) Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) Freelance Science Writer Junior Consultant Laboratory Manager Medical Affairs Associate Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Medical Writer Postdoctoral Researcher Preclinical Project Manager Regulatory Affairs Associate Scientific Advisor
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Amsterdam, Netherlands Düsseldorf, Germany Eindhoven, Netherlands Lausanne, Switzerland Liège, Belgium Maastricht, Netherlands Namur, Belgium Netherlands Nijmegen, Netherlands Utrecht, Netherlands
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    80% FTE
    BrightOwl freelancer :    36 Hours per week :    100 Free Per Month(in coming months)
    BrightOwl employee :    80% FTE
  • International:


    Expert has 19 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Renens, Switzerland


Driving License
  • Yes