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I am a biotechnologist with a PhD in Plant Biology and more than 8 years of industry experience. I love to combine my research interests with strategy and always aim to see the big picture in order to act accordingly. I thrive in international teams and can easily adapt to change, taking creative decisions to change course when needed. Combining my excellent communications skills and experience in project management in an agriculture or healthcare business environment, makes me happy!


Current Experience

  • Research Manager
    Since March 2017

  • Research Manager
    Since March 2017

Past Experience

  • Research Project Manager - Rice Yield
    September 2014 --- December 2016
    • Project Management • Decide and implement Research Strategy for large project • Lead a global team of scientists • Involved with Business, Development, IP and Regulatory – big picture • Presenting work and ideas to all levels in the company • Involved in innovation and creative problem solving • Member of External Communication Team

  • Senior Scientist - Integrated Crop Trait Knowledge
    April 2012 --- August 2014
    • Involved in multiple global projects • Focus on agronomic traits in major crops • Member of several cross-functional, international expert teams • Collaborations with Research Institutes, universities, seed companies • Integrating data and interpreting results • Preparing scientific documents for filing patent applications • Grant writing • Evaluating 3rd party research proposals • Focus on increasing and sharing knowledge within the company • Actively involved in innovation • Member of External Communication Team

  • Senior Scientist - Yield Biology
    July 2009 --- November 2012

  • Technology Management Coordinator
    October 2008 --- June 2009

  • PhD student
    September 2003 --- September 2008
    Thesis title: 'Epigenetic regulation and chromatin looping at the maize b1 locus' Field: Epigenetics, Chromatin regulation Plant Molecular Biology


LinkedIn Assessment :
molecular biologyGenomicsBiotechnologyGeneticsDNAscienceMolecular geneticsResearchChromatinEpigeneticsCropRiceCornSoybeanProblem SolvingProject ManagementLifesciencesLife SciencesBiochemistryAgricultureProtein chemistryBioinformaticsPCRChemistryqPCRR&DResearch and Development (R&D)Real-Time Polymerase Chain Reaction (qPCR)Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR)


  • Intensive programme in Management Acceleration Programme from Vlerick Business School in 2017
  • iPAVUB in from Vrije Universiteit Brussel in 2010
  • Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from University of Amsterdam in 2008
  • Master in Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2003
  • Bachelor in Chemistry from Ghent University in 2001
  • in Greek - Mathematics from Sint-Bavohumaniora in 1998


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Area / Region

Ghent, Belgium


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