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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.



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).


Self Assessment :
Analytical thinkingReaction to stressProblem solvingOptimismIndependenceCuriosityFlexibilityEfficiencyCreative thinkingCoordinationCollaborationAttention to detailApproachabilityOrganization


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


  • 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


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Area / Region

Antwerp, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes