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Summary

An important red line throughout my professional career centers around Genomics Research and Systems Biology. My graduate and postdoctoral training in (eco)toxicology provided me with a broad background in human and model organism functional genomics as well as cellular, molecular, and systems (neuro)biology. In my latest projects, I have investigated neurobiological mechanisms underlying genetic variants for psychiatric and neurological diseases at BROAD institute in Boston, USA.

After returning from the US, I joined the team at Multiplicom, a molecular diagnostics company specialized in innovative molecular genetics tests as R&D manager and Project manager.

Currently, I am looking for a new challenge in biotech that provides opportunity to bring both my scientific and project management skills and personal attributes of enthusiasm and willingness to learn into the organization.

 

Experiences

Past Experience

  • R&D manager
    January 2013 --- July 2015

    • Design, optimization, data analysis of molecular diagnostic assays (specialised oncogenetics)
    • Verification and validation of molecular diagnostic assays
    • Optimization of FFPE workflow for molecular diagnostic assay development
    • Project planning & management from conception through final release: 2 CE/IVD assays, 5 commercially launched RUO assays, 2 custom developed assays
    • Design control and creating DHF within ISO13485 certified environmen

  • Postdoctoral Researcher
    September 2010 --- June 2012

    • Research areas: induced pluripotent stem cells, psychiatric disorders
    • Set-up and management international research project between institutions in USA, Belgium & Sweden
    • Write scientific papers, experimental design, bench work and communication
    • Supervision and training of technical laboratory staff

  • Postdoctoral researcher
    January 2010 --- January 2012

    • Research areas: psychiatric disorders, (epi)genetics, miRNAs, Massive Parallel Sequencing, Copy Number Variation
    • Write research proposals, grant applications and scientific papers, experimental design, bench work and communication
    • Teach core course Biochemistry
    • Participation in (inter)national research projects and conferences

  • Postdoctoral researcher
    May 2006 --- December 2009

    • Research areas: in vivo and in vitro models, peroxisome proliferators, gene expression
    • Write research proposals, grant applications and scientific papers, develop and implement molecular biological tools, experimental design, bench work and communication
    • Coach PhD and Master students
    • Participation in (inter)national research projects and conferences

  • Phd student
    October 2000 --- April 2006
    Identification and evaluation of the possible impact of exposure to selected human neuro-endocrine active substances, and the development of relevant gene expression assays for the early detection of neurotoxic effects in the zebrafish (Danio rerio).

Personality

Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingReaction to stressProblem solvingOptimismIndependenceCuriosityFlexibilityEfficiencyCreative thinkingCoordinationCollaborationAttention to detailApproachabilityOrganization

Knowledge

Self Assessment :
Project Management Medical devicesCE/IVD R&D Scientific writingDNA sequencingBiochemistryBiotechnologyCancerData AnalysisGeneticsMolecular & Cellular Biologyoncology
LinkedIn Assessment :
Cell CulturemiRNABioinformaticsImmunocytochemistry (ICC)NeuroscienceStem Cell ResearchR&Dmolecular biologyGenomicsMolecular geneticsSystems BiologyProject ManagementIn VivoIn VitroGeneticsGene Expression ProfilingStem Cells

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analyze dataWrite papersExecute scientific projectsConduct university research Develop study timelinesConduct literature searchesCollaborate with project teamAssist with proceduresAssist study site Write papers Monitor a clinical study Molecular Diagnostics Develop protocols Create SOPs Interpret data Report dataCollaborate with principal investigatorProvide trainingcoordinating research projects

Education

  • Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Biology/Molecular biology from University of Antwerp in 2006
  • Master's degree in Molecular Biology and Biotechnology from Free University of Brussels in 2001
  • Master's degree in Biology, Physiology from Universiteit Antwerpen in 2000
  • Bachelor's degree in Biology from University of Antwerp in 1998

Languages

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Dutch
Native
English
Full Proficiency
French
Elementary Proficiency
German
Elementary Proficiency

Area / Region

Antwerp, Belgium

Others

Driving License
  • Yes