I am an industrial engineer with a PhD in biotechnology and a fascination for nature. I performed research to study mechanisms plants use to adapt to their environment. During my PhD I looked into root formation in maize, a project in collaboration with a biotech company, while my postdoc focused on leaf development. After seven years in fundamental research, I want to move towards application and turn my focus to the environment itself. I am looking for opportunities in which I can use my research experience to help protecting and restoring the environment.
Postdoctoral Researcher Ghent, België
August 2012 --- October 2014
As a post-doc in the lab of Prof. Dirk Inzé, I was part of a team which studies the effects of mild drought stress on leaf development. I studied the role of different cell types during leaf development under water deprivation. I designed, planned and performed experiments, and collected analyzed and interpreted results. Therefore I worked with technicians and PhD-students and maintained contacts with external collaborators.
PhD student Ghent, België
January 2007 --- June 2011
Root Development lab, supervised by Prof. Tom Beeckman
The formation of an elaborate root system allows plants to explore the soil for water and nutrients. During my PhD I characterized root formation in maize. As one of the pioneers using maize in the department, I developed methods to study root development in maize seedlings, optimized techniques and adapted protocols for use in maize. This project was an industrial collaboration with BASF Plant Science.
As a PhD student I guided a bachelor and master student during their traineeship and dissertation, and designed and guided demonstrations for the course of Cell Biology (2nd bachelors).
trainee Montpellier, Frankrijk
January 2005 --- July 2005
Internship in the Rhizogenesis Lab
As a trainee I performed experiments under the supervision of a PhD student and senior scientist. I collected results and presented them to my supervisors.
AdaptabilityInterest in knowledgeIndependenceFlexibilityCreative thinkingCritical thinkingCoordinationCollaborationAttention to detailAnalytical thinkingProblem solving
Cell biology Scientific writingBiotechnologyData AnalysisDNA extractionEnglishFlow CytometryFluorescence MicroscopyIn VitroIn VivoMicroscopyMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft Excelmolecular biologyPCRPhenotype PowerPointQuantitative PCR (qPCR)R&DStatisticsStrategic Planning
Skills and Expertise
Analyze data Develop protocols Guide students Interpret data Report data Write papersAdjust methodsCollaborate with project teamDesign scientific projects (in biology)drafting grant applicationsInterpret dataManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationSupervise technicians
Ph.D. in Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2011
Master in Plant Molecular Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2006
Industrial Engineer (master) in Biochemistry from Hogeschool Gent in 2004
B in Industrial engineering from Xios Hasselt in 2002
Training and Certification
Technology transfer in 2014 Training
Introduction to R in 2013 Training
Introductory statistics in 2013 Training
Workshop feedback exchange in 2012 Training
Effective writing in life sciences research in 2008 Training
Microarray analysis workshop in 2007 Training
Plant histology in 2005 Training
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