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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.


Past Experience

  • 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.


Self Assessment :
AdaptabilityInterest in knowledgeIndependenceFlexibilityCreative thinkingCritical thinkingCoordinationCollaborationAttention to detailAnalytical thinkingProblem solving


Self Assessment :
Cell biology Scientific writingBiotechnologyData AnalysisDNA extractionEnglishFlow CytometryFluorescence MicroscopyIn VitroIn VivoMicroscopyMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft Excelmolecular biologyPCRPhenotype PowerPointQuantitative PCR (qPCR)R&DStatisticsStrategic Planning

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
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
  • Languages

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    Professional Proficiency
    Professional Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 3 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
    BrightOwl employee
  • International:


    Expert has 11 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Ghent, België


Driving License
  • Yes

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