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Current Experience

  • Research Associate Patient-derived tumor xenografts
    Since March 2014

    Research associate working on patient-derived tumor xenograft (PDTX) models of different cancer types (endometrial, ovarian, breast, pancreatic cancer, melanoma, lymphoma). Histological validation of gynecological tumor models. PDTX-derived cell cultures. Supervision of students. Project management for small and large preclinical drug trials. Implementation of sample tracking system.

Past Experience

  • PhD student
    March 2010 --- February 2014
    Title doctoral thesis: Effects of mechanical ventilation in animal models with reduced diaphragmatic function and time course of diaphragm recovery. Research topic: Investigation of the effects of mechanical ventilation on the function of the diaphragm, the recovery response of the diaphragm after mechanical ventilation and the effect of mechanical ventilation on weakened diaphragm (sepsis and hyperglycemia). Skills: development of animal models, dissection and operation of small laboratory animals, molecular-biological techniques, histology, data analysis and statistics, poster presentations, writing scientific publications, public speaking

  • Laboratory Technician
    October 2009 --- February 2010
    Skills: cell culture, genotyping, RT-PCR, laboratory animals, histology, fluorescence microscopy, Teaching: practical course biology/microscopy

  • Master student
    September 2008 --- June 2009
    Title Master Thesis: Stroke models in rodents: characterization with magnetic resonance imaging and histology. Description: MRI imaging of different stroke models in rodents and the behavior of stem cells in the brain after stroke in rodents. Skills: development of animal models, operation and dissection of animals, molecular-biological techniques, histology, cell culture, imaging techniques, MRI scans of animals, data analysis, writing scientific publication, poster presentation, public speaking


Self Assessment :
Critical thinkingAttention to detailFlexibilityIndependenceResponsibilityInterest in knowledgeCuriosityTrust


Self Assessment :
Animal models Cell biology R&D Scientific writingAnalysisAnimal HealthAnimal ModelsAnimal trialBiomedical SciencesCancer ResearchCell CultureClinical Data ManagementData AnalysisData ManagementEnglishFluorescence MicroscopyGrant WritingGynecologic oncologyImmunohistochemistry (IHC)In VivoLife SciencesMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordoncologyOutlookOxidative stressPre-clinical researchProject ManagementProject PlanningR&DReport WritingRespiratoryScientific WritingTeachingTime ManagementTissue CultureWestern Blotting
LinkedIn Assessment :
Animal ModelsHistologyPublic SpeakingTeachingmolecular biologyscienceLife SciencesSmall Animal ModelsData AnalysisCell CultureCritical ThinkingWork Well IndependentlyDependable Team PlayerTime ManagementStress ManagementProject ManagementScientific WritingFluorescence MicroscopyMicroscopyImmunohistochemistryWestern BlottingIn Vivo

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analytical skills Analyze data Create SOPs Develop protocols Interpret data Guide students Report data Write papers Write protocolsCell cultureClinical data collectionCommunicationConduct animal studiesConduct literature searchesConduct research at universitiescoordinating research projectsCreate study documentsExecute scientific projectsImplement data collection systemInterpret scientific dataManuscript preparation and reviewR&DSupervise techniciansTeachingUse fluorescence microscopyUse laboratory techniquesWrite papers


  • Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2015
  • Master in Biomedical Sciences from Katholieke Universiteit Leuven in 2009
  • Sciences-Mathematics in from Amandinacollege Herk-de-Stad in 2004

Training and Certification

  • FELASA C in 2016 Certification
  • FELASA B Certification
  • Instrumental technical skills Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Locations I am interested in:
    Brussels, Belgium Hasselt, Belgium Leuven, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 2 days per week
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position :    80-100% FTE
    BrightOwl employee :    80-100% FTE
  • International:


    Expert has 9 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Scherpenheuvel, Scherpenheuvel-Zichem, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes