Until now, I worked as a scientist in R&D departments both in university and company environment, what I liked and where I learned a lot. These jobs not only included the acquisition, interpretation, presentation and discussion of scientific results. But as an independent scientist, I was also responsible for the management of the projects (communication and discussion with external partners; division and calculation of the budget; planning, prioritizing and organization of the following steps in the project). During these project, I worked together with several (inter)national pharmaceutical partners (Merck Serono, Pfizer, Myriad and other universities/labs at KUL and UGent). During my PhD I also got the chance to present, discuss and defend my work at international meetings like the Faseb science meeting in Colorado, US.
In the future, I would like to grow to a more Project Management function in a scientific environment. I am a social person, used to work in an international environment with a broad interest in other cultures.
I’m a highly motivated person and eager to learn new things and attain more knowledge in the field of biotech. I like to work in an organized manner to achieve the (predefined) goal. I’m team player but I’m also able to work independently.
Scientist Cellular Pharmacology
July 2013 --- June 2015
All work was described in an IWT grant concerning Inflammatory Bowel Disease. In the last months of this grant, I also supported the Metabolics team with experiments mainly focused on treatment of diabetes. Job description: Planning, preparation and execution of experiments in the lab, communication between different universities (KUL and UG) and the company, organizing meetings, presentation of results both in team as for the collaborators, expert user of the MSD device (including guidance and training of colleagues, help with setup of experiments, help with issues,...), ... Used lab techniques: Luminex technology, Quickplex (Mesoscale Diagnostics), XCelligence (Roche), Viia7 (Life Technologies), FACS (BD Biosciences), Wes (Simple Protein), Western blot, cell culture of different kind of cell types (adipocytes, colon cancer cell lines, monocyt cell lines,...), ELISA, DMAT (Biocartis)
February 2013 --- May 2013
Postdoc position under supervision of Prof. S. Tejpar to finish some projects started during my PhD
July 2009 --- January 2013
Two main research topics: 1) Identification of biomarkers predicting sensitivity towards MEK inhibition in colorectal cancer. 2) DUSP expression as a marker of heterogeneous signaling in colorectal cancer patients. This research topic was conducted under supervision of Merck-Serono. I was responsible for the execution of the experiments, the presentation of the results to Merck-Serono and the communication and follow-up of the project. Next to my PhD topics, I was also responsible for several smaller research projects together with Pfizer, Myriad, group of Anna Sablina (MAPPIT system), Prometheus,... This included the execution of the experiments, follow-up, presentation and communication with the companies. Used lab techniques: tissue culture of colorectal cancer cell lines, western blot analysis, MAPPIT (cloning), flow cytometry, real time-PCR analysis, gene transfection and transduction (knockdown and overexpression) and immunohistochemistry.
Stafmedewerker Biobank DIO
July 2008 --- July 2009
Set-up of biobank (for blood and tissue samples) from scratch, communication and discussion with nurses and physicians, storage and collection of blood and tissue samples, writing of protocols and documents for the ethical committee, ...
Research Scientist Ghent, Belgium
July 2007 --- June 2008
Collaboration between the Department of Immunology, Virology and parasitology at Faculty of Veterinary Medicine –
University of Ghent
Lab for Toxoplasmosis at the Pasteur Institute in Brussels
Job description: Development of vaccine against toxoplasmosis in sheep, pigs and cats. Inoculation of animals with different membrane-bound proteins of the toxoplasma parasite and measurement of the immune response in the inoculated animals. The work included discussions and meetings both at Pasteur Institute at Brussels as at the University of Ghent, lab work as maintenance of the experimental animals.
Used lab techniques: ELISA, isolation of PBMCs, handling with mice, rats, pigs and sheep
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Skills and Expertise
Adjust processes Report data Technology researchAnalyze dataEthics committee submissionsDesign scientific projects (in biology)Design protocolExecute scientific projectsGastrointestinal diseasesInteract with pre-clinical scientistsLiaise with research teamManage projects resourcesManuscript preparation and reviewOral presentationPublication of articlesStatistical analysisUse western blotting technique Interact with nursesAdminister logisticsAnalyze proteinBiomarker ResearchCommunicate with investigatorCollaborate with project teamConduct literature searchesConduct research at universitiescoordinating research projectsCoordinate logisticsData miningData entryData analysisAssist with experiments Write papers Analyze data Interact with physicians Guide students Interpret data Molecular Diagnostics Develop protocols Search literature on clinical trials Control data
Ph.D. in Biomedical Sciences from KULeuven in 2013
Postgraduate in Tropical Medicine and International Health in from Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp in 2007
Licentiate degree in Biomedical Sciences, General from Universiteit Gent in 2006
Expert has 6 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)