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I am a fast-learning junior postdoctoral neuroscience researcher with experience in histology, optical imaging, microscopy, proteomics, surgery, animal handling, and drug delivery. During my PhD I worked abroad in a top-level neuroscience lab in Montréal and I collaborated on molecular synthesis, inflammation, glaucoma and rodent cognitive behaviour. Looking to deploy my collaborative spirit and skills in an industry setting to add immediate strategic value.


Current Experience

  • Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience Leuven, Belgium
    Since January 2015

    • Organising and leading weekly lab meetings and draft a summary of each meeting to keep track of individual student progress as well as following up on general issues. 
    • Optimisation of a new intrinsic signal and voltage-sensitive dye optical imaging system (Optical Imaging Inc.) to characterise multimodal plasticity in the visual cortex of the mouse.
    • Responsible for the AxioImager Zeiss microscope with Apotome: helping people when problems occur, give explanation and advice on how to operate hardware and software, communicate with Zeiss to organise introductory courses and schedule maintenance.
    • Writing grant proposals and reviewing papers (Neuroscience Letters, Journal of Visualized Experiments,...).

Past Experience

  • PhD student in Neuroscience Leuven, Belgium
    January 2011 --- December 2014

    Title of PhD dissertation: "Matrix metalloproteinase-3: A prerequisite for structural and functional plasticity in the visual cortex of the mouse"

    The research objective of my PhD was two-fold: the first aim was to gain insight into the mechanistic properties of the matrix metalloproteinase (MMP) protease web by characterizing the structural and functional phenotype of the visual cortex of adult MMP-3 deficient (MMP- 3-/-) mice. The second aim was to establish a role for MMP-3 in age-dependent cortical plasticity induced by the removal of one eye. This research was embedded in the host lab main research topic concerning the molecular players governing cross-modal plasticity in the visual cortex after sensory deficits (e.g. removing one eye).


    Techniques: Golgi-cox staining, in vitro enzyme kinetics, immunohistochemistry, proteomics (Western Blot, 2D DIGE), microscopy, drug delivery (osmotic minipumps), stereotaxy, surgery (craniotomy, perfusion, pump implantation)


    Teaching experience: Guiding 3 master students and 5 Bachelor students (Biology and/or Biochemistry and Biotechnology)


    Collaborations: Prof. Dr. Claude Libert (VIB Inflammation Research Center, UGent) and Prof. Dr. Wim Dehaen (Molecular Design and Synthesis, KU Leuven): Synthesis and validation of a specific MMP-12 inhibitor with anti-inflammatory activity in vitro and in vivo.


    Board of examiners:

    Prof. dr. Lutgarde Arckens (supervisor, KU Leuven)
    Prof. dr. Godelieve Moons (co-supervisor, KU Leuven)
    Prof. dr. Roger Huybrechts (chairman, KU Leuven)
    Prof. dr. Patrick Van Dijck (KU Leuven)
    Dr. Tjing-Tjing Hu (ThromboGenics NV)
    Prof. dr. Claude Libert (VIB Inflammation Research Center, UGent)
    Prof. dr. Tommaso Pizzorusso (Institute of Neuroscience , Pisa, Italy)

  • Visiting Researcher at University of Montréal, School of Optometry Montreal, QC, Canada
    August 2014 --- November 2014

    I learned intrinsic signal and voltage-sensitive dye optical imaging of the visual cortex in rabbit and mouse at the lab of Prof. C. Casanova.

    I functioned in a top-level lab environment and worked closely together with a team of engineers, physicists, ophtalmologists and technicians to perform high-demanding long duration in vivo imaging experiments.


Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingCollaborationCreative thinkingEfficiencyProactivitySociabilityKindnessResiliency


Self Assessment :
Western Blotting Scientific writingNeuroplasticityMatrix metalloproteinasesinhibitorsEnzymesDrug DeliveryneuroanatomyImagingrabbit Animal modelsResearchLaTeXImmunofluorescenceImmunohistochemistry (IHC)In VivoEnglish Cell biologymolecular biologyProteomicsMass SpectrometryMousecortexNeuroscienceMedical writingCNS
LinkedIn Assessment :
Matrix metalloproteinasesImmunohistochemistry (IHC)Animal ModelsPhysiologyMass SpectrometryBiologyMousemolecular biologyMicroscopyScientific WritingCell biologyRodent SurgeryPhotoshopInDesignIn VivoNeuroplasticityNeurophysiologyNeurosciencescienceResearchOptical Imaging

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Histologyneuroplasticitymass spectrometry imagingenzyme kineticsoptical imagingproteomicsin situ hybridizationTeachingmicroscopyDrug deliveryWestern blotting2-D DIGERodent surgery


  • Master of Science (M.Sc.) in Physiology, General from KU Leuven in 2010
  • Bachelor of Science (B.Sc.) in Biology, General from KU Leuven in 2008
  • in Latin - Sciences from Onze-Lieve-Vrouw-van-Lourdescollege Edegem/Mortsel in 2005

Training and Certification

  • BioSCENTer Life Sciences Tech Watch. in 2013 Training
  • Intelectual Property Managment (26h) in 2012 Training
  • Practical introduction to electrophysiology and proteomics (Leibniz Institute for Neuroscience, LIN, Magdeburg, Germany) in 2012 Training
  • VIB Zeiss microscopy course (8h) in 2010 Training
  • Educational Program for teaching assistents in 2011 Certification
  • FELASA C (expert laboratory animal leader) in 2011 Certification
  • Radioactivity training course in 2010 Certification
  • Legislation Laboratory Animal Science session Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
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Work Preferences

  • Positions I am interested in:
    Research Scientist Postdoctoral Researcher
  • Work From Home:
  • International:


    Expert has 7 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Leuven, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes