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Current Experience

  • Project Manager / Program Leader Ghent, Belgium
    Since September 2012

    small biotech company developing an innovative protein scaffold as therapeutic

    • Managed two major drug discovery programs for biologics and antibody fusion proteins targeting cancer and autoimmune disease targets (discovery, preclinical research, CMC/process development)
    • Ensured timely delivery of project goals within a given budged by defining time lines and setting-up staffing schemes
    • Coordinated a cross functional team across three company sites (BE, LUX)
    • Close interaction with clinical KOLs for target selection, feasibility studies and choice of clinical indications
    • Outsourced custom research, serving as single point of contact in the selection of service providers, contract negotiation, follow-up and project documentation
    • Coordinated a collaboration with academic partners within a research grant funded by the European Commission over three years (including end reporting)
    • Organized, moderated and documented meetings (phone and web conferences) with project teams and external partners
    • Presented project goals and results in written reports and oral presentations
    • Followed state of the art research and competitor’s activity through regular literature and patent review as well as conference visits

Past Experience

  • Scientist / Postdoc Ghent, Belgium
    September 2008 --- August 2012

    Cytokine Receptor Lab, Department of Biochemistry of Ghent University headed by Jan Tavernier

    • Optimized a technology platform for protein-protein interaction screening in the field of immunology (cytokine signaling)
    • Designed and coordinated large research projects on high-throughput screening in cell-based assays within the lab and with external partners
    • Supervised two technicians in their daily support of my research projects; guided a master student through her thesis project; supervised practical courses in biochemistry for medicine students
    • Presented research results in publications in international journals and project reports


  • Products Research Manager Brussels, Belgium
    December 2007 --- August 2008

    R&D Department, Brussels Innovation Center

    • Managed consumer research projects in collaboration with formula design, process development, packaging, marketing and business development departments across different company sites (EU, US)
    • Delivered concept and prototype for a new fabric softener product considering consumer needs, formulation options and marketing opportunities
    • Outsourced product research activities to market research agencies

  • Scientist / PhD Student Heidelberg, Germany
    September 2003 --- February 2007

    Department of Functional Genomics of the German Cancer Research Center headed by Michael Boutros

    • design of cell-based assays
    • high-throughput screening in cell-based assays
    • RNAi
    • qPCR (LightCycler 480)
    • functional genomics
    • molecular biology
    • innate immunity
    • signal transduction pathways
    • pathway cross talk
    • Drosophila


Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingCoordinationCollaborationFlexibilityIndependenceOrganizationProactivityProblem solvingSociabilityAssertiveness


Self Assessment :
Biochemistry Cell biology R&D Scientific writingBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyCancerCell biologyCross-functional team leadershipEnglishGermanMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMolecular & Cellular BiologyPowerPointProject ManagementProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingR&DTeam Leadership
LinkedIn Assessment :
molecular biologyProject ManagementProblem SolvingCancer ResearchSignal TransductionBiochemistryFunctional GenomicsHigh Throughput Screening (HTS)Cross Functional Team BuildingInterdisciplinary CollaborationWorking AbroadDrug DiscoveryDrug DevelopmentCell-based assaysAssay developmentqPCRMolecular CloningRNAiProtein-protein InteractionsBiopharmaceuticalsBiotechnologyOutsourcingAssay Design

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Manage projects resourcesManuscript preparationManuscript reviewNegotiate budget Negotiate protocol details NegotiationObserve trends in dataOral presentationOrganise meetingsOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Prepare final reportPresent data at congressProvide trainingReview data interpretationSearch literature on clinical trialsSelect contractors Select and manage contractors executing the CMC – Chemistry actionSolve problemsSupervise techniciansWrite papersWritten presentation Analyze data Develop protocols Interpret data Technology research Write papersAssign activitiesAttend steering committeeCoach staffCollaborate with project teamConduct literature searchesContact potential subjectsCoordinate CMC-activitiescoordinating research projectsCreates a collaborative team environmentData analysisDesign protocolDesign scientific projects (in biology)Develop study timelinesDirect co-workersGuide staffInteract with CROsInterpret dataLiaise with research team


  • PostDoc in Cytokine Signaling from Ghent University / VIB, Belgium in 2012
  • Ph.D. in Functional Genomics from University of Heidelberg, Germany / German Cancer Research Center in 2007


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

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    12 weeks
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Belgium Ghent, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 5 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
    BrightOwl employee
  • International:

Area / Region

Ghent, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes