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I am an expert in virology and vaccine development. I have a very broad knowledge on different topics like virology, vaccine development, immunology, oncology, signal transduction, cell death and I have a broad expertise in cell culture, cell-based assay development and other molecular biotechnological techniques. As a scientific researcher I learned to work independently towards deadlines with great accuracy and efficiency. However, I also enjoy very much working in a team towards a common goal. As a scientific team leader, I sharpened my skills as a project and people manager by leading an international cell culture team. I am passionate about life sciences and more specific about health care. During my career as a scientist, I found it very satisfying to be a part of a team that is developing medicine for animals/humans. In my role as a scientific team lead, I enjoy searching for new market opportunities, translate this into new scientific projects and coaching my team to achieve our common goals. I would like to continue my career with contributing to the development of vaccines, therapeutics or diagnostics. I want to apply the analytical and critical thinking and problem solving skills I obtained during my PhD and the project and people management skills I obtained during my career in industry in the medical biotechnology sector to improve health care.


Current Experience

  • Scientific team lead cell culture lab Ghent, Belgium
    Since August 2015

Past Experience

  • Staff employee Molecular Signaling and Cell Death Unit
    October 2014 --- June 2015

  • Staff emlpoyee Unit for Immunoregulation and Mucosal Immunology
    December 2012 --- August 2014

  • Research Assistent Protein Service Facility
    May 2012 --- December 2012

  • PhD student departement for Virology, Parasitology and Immunology
    October 2005 --- June 2010
    Development of a new inactivated porcine reporductive and respiratory syndrome virus vaccine


Self Assessment :
Attention to detailOrganizationProblem solvingKindnessSelf-disciplineService orientedWillingness to compromiseApproachabilityIndependenceSociabilityInterest in knowledgeEfficiencyProactivityFlexibilityTrustAnalytical thinkingAdaptabilityCollaborationCoordinationCritical thinkingCuriosityAssertivenessResponsibilityResult OrientedSelf-confidencePerspectiveCreative thinking


Self Assessment :
Assay development Animal models Cell biology R&DAllergy and immunologyAnalysisAntibodiesAseptic TechniquesBiologyBiotechnologieBiotechnologyBudget ManagementBudgetingCancer ResearchCell Based AssaysCell biologyCell CultureCell SignalingCoachingCommunication SkillsConfocal MicroscopyContinuous ImprovementCross-functional team leadershipData AnalysisDesign of Experiments (DOE) DNA extractionDrug DevelopmentElectrophoresisELISAEnglishExperimentationFluorescence MicroscopyGel ElectrophoresisGeneticsGood Laboratory Practice (GLP)Grant PreparationGraphPad PrismApplicationsBacteriologyChemistryImmunofluorescenceImmunologyIn VitroIn VivoLaboratory ManagementLaboratory ResearchLaboratory SkillsLaboratory study designLaboratory TechniquesLeadershipLife SciencesMammalian Cell CulturemanagementMarket AnalysisMicrobiological TechniquesMicrobiologyMicroscopyMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordMolecular & Cellular Biologymolecular biologyMolecular CloningNucleic Acid ExtractiononcologyOutlookPatentsPCRpeople managementPowerPointPresentation SkillsPresentationsProblem SolvingProblem-solving methods and troubleshootingProject ManagementProject CoordinationProject PlanningProtein PurificationProtein ExpressionProteinsProtocolqPCRRecruitingReport WritingResearchRNA isolationscienceScientific CommunicationsSDS-PAGESocial SkillsStandard Operating Procedure (SOP)Start-upsStatistical Data AnalysisStem cell researchStatisticsStem CellsStudy proposalsStudy protocolsTeam LeadershipTeam ManagementTeamworkTime ManagementTissue CultureTransfectionVaccinesVeterinary MedicineVirologyWestern BlottingWriting Study Procedures and SOPsEnglishMicrosoft Office
LinkedIn Assessment :
AntibodiesWestern BlottingPCRmolecular biologyFlow CytometryVirologyTissue CultureProtein ExpressionVaccinesConfocal MicroscopyImmunologyBiotechnologyCell biologyLifesciencesMolecular CloningMolecular geneticsCell Based AssaysImmunoassaysImmunostainingELISAqPCRSDS-PAGEProtein PurificationSerologyProject PlanningDNA extractionBacterial TransformationTransfectionDNA analysisPatent preparationoncologyCell CultureRT-PCRProtein ProductionVector CloningMouse HandlingIn VivoIn VitroCellLaboratory

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Analyze dataCommunicate with investigatorCommunicate with sponsorCreate standard operating procedure (SOP)drafting grant applicationsExecute scientific projectsObserve trends in dataProvide input to process improvement initiativesReport study conclusionsReport dataReview data interpretationWrite protocolsEvaluate protocolsEnsure data consistencyDirect co-workersDesign protocolCreate SOPsConfocal microscopyConduct university research Analyze dataUse western blotting techniqueGuide staffManuscript preparationWrite papersSolve problemsResearch at universitiesPublish scientific projectsProtocol managementOrganise meetingsOral presentationNetworkManuscript reviewAttend seminarsAssist with experimentsSupervise techniciansPublication of articlesPresent data at congressManuscript preparation and reviewManage laboratory procedureslifescienceData analysiscoordinating research projectsConduct research at universitiesTrain on site staffConduct literature searchesAnalyze proteinAdjust processes and methods Write papers Use a confocal microscopy Report data Interpret data Guide students Develop protocolsCollaborate with project team Create SOPs Write protocolsAdjust methodsAdvise on strategyAseptic techniquesassess the needs of the project(s)/program(s) and make changes in process, work flow and/or assignments.Attend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companybudgeting of R&D activitiesCell cultureCoach staffcollaborate in research projects at universitiesCommunicationConduct animal studiesConduct limited data and/or statistical analysis.Conduct literature searches.Coordinate projectsCoordinationCreate study documentsDefine market needsDesign information leafletDesign protocolsDesign scientific experimentsDesign scientific projects (in biology)Determine statistical analysis Determine needsDetermine potential relationshipsDevelop protocolsDevelop study timelinesDirect co-workers to achieve resultEstablish professional relationships with partnersFollow up projectsGuide studentsIdentify market opportunitiesInterpret dataInterpret research resultsInterpret scientific dataLead studiesLead teamsMaintain strong relationshipsManage multiple projectsManage research projectsmanaging a small teamObtain grantsOrganize scientific projects (in biology)Oversee the process of cell line generationPeople managementpcrPlan experimentsPlan work to meet objectives and deadlinesPrepare final reportPrepare manuscriptproject managementR&DReview dataReview experimental plansReview protocolsSet up research projectsSetup of research equipmentStatistical analysisSupervise analysts and researchersTrain StaffUnderstand protocolsUse fluorescence microscopyUse laboratory techniquesWrite documentsWrite final reportsWritten presentation


  • Master na Master in Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2005
  • Master in Biotechnology from Ghent University in 2004
  • Bachelor in Chemistry from Ghent University in 2002

Training and Certification

  • HR training in 2017 Training
  • Certificate of Advanced Academic English Writing Skills in Life Science and Medicine Certification
  • FELASA C (Lab Animal Sciences, experiment leader) Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Professional Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency


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

Area / Region

Ghent, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes