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I have a Master's degree in Biotechnology from Ghent University, with a major in Microbial Biotechnology and a minor in Biomedical Biotechnology. I chose this curriculum because I am fascinated by the study of (infectious) diseases, both at the biological and the molecular level. I submitted my PhD at the beginning of May, in which I identified vaccine candidates for Chlamydia psittaci, a zoonotic bacterium infecting birds and humans.

I spent eight months of my PhD in the Department of Microbial Pathogenesis at the University of Maryland in Baltimore. This was, up to now, the best experience in my scientific career. I worked together with very talented and motivated scientists and up to now (4 years later) I am still collaborating with them.

I am a sociable, dedicated, hard-working person, and I’m good at building partnerships. This allowed me to quickly form a continuing collaboration in Baltimore. During my PhD, I learned to manage different projects, to optimize protocols, to solve problems, to collaborate with other laboratories (national and international), to analyze and present data, to teach laboratory skills to students and to work independently and in a team. I also took every opportunity to learn. I voluntarily took courses (advanced scientific writing, statistics in R, laboratory animal sciences,,…) to improve my skills. As a leader in the Chiro and during my time in the student praesidium I learned to organize activities, to work as a team, to delegate, and to motivate people. Combining these social activities with my studies taught me how to plan my schedule very well, which I also used to manage my PhD project.

I am looking for a job in which I can use and further develop my skills to the fullest. I would like to be part of a motivated and talented team.


Current Experience

  • PhD student
    Since August 2011
    Functional characterization of the polymorphic membrane proteins of Chlamydia psittaci.

Past Experience

  • Master thesis Microbial biotechnology
    February 2011 --- June 2011
    Master dissertation: Expression level of virulence genes of Paenibacillus larvae, which is causing American foulbrood in honey bees.

  • Master project Microbial biotechnology
    February 2010 --- April 2010
    Project: Diversity assessment of Andean potato associated microbial populations

  • Master project Biomedical biotechnology
    September 2009 --- November 2009
    Project: The function of microRNA’s in the regulation of δ-protocadherines


Self Assessment :
SociabilityAssertivenessCommunicativeCompetitivenessCritical thinkingCuriosityEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceInterest in knowledgeOptimismOrganizationProblem solvingResiliencySelf-disciplineResponsibility


Self Assessment :
Cell biology R&DBacteriologyBiomedical SciencesCell CultureData AnalysisDNADNA extractionElectrophoresisELISAFluorescence MicroscopyConfocal MicroscopyGel ElectrophoresisGood Laboratory Practice (GLP)ImmunofluorescenceIn VitroInfectious diseasesLaboratory SkillsMammalian Cell CultureMicrobiologyMolecular & Cellular BiologyMolecular CloningMolecular DiagnosticsPowerPointPresentation SkillsProblem SolvingProject ManagementProject PlanningProtein ExpressionProtein PurificationWestern BlottingqPCRreal-time PCRReport WritingRNA isolationRT-PCRSequence AnalysisScientific WritingMicrosoft WordStatistical Data AnalysisTeachingLife SciencesBiotechnologyTeam BuildingTissue CultureTransfectionGraphPad PrismTroubleshootingMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft ExcelOutlook
LinkedIn Assessment :
molecular biologyBiotechnologyCell CultureCell biologyMicrobiologyGeneticsWestern BlottingPCRInfectious diseasesFluorescence MicroscopyProtein ExpressionMolecular CloningProtein PurificationqPCRELISA

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
Cell culture Analyze data Develop protocols Interpret data Report datause a fluorescence microscope Use a confocal microscopy Molecular Diagnostics Write papers Write protocolsAdjust methodsAseptic techniquesAssist with experiments Guide studentsUse western blotting techniqueAttend seminars, courses and meetings within and outside the companyCollaborate with principal investigatorCollect dataCommunicationConduct animal studiesConduct literature searchesConduct university research Design protocolDesign the studyDevelop protocolsInterpret research resultsMaintain strong relationshipsManuscript preparationNetworkNegotiate protocol details Oral presentationPublication of articlesR&DResearch at universitiesSolve problemsStatistical analysisSupervise techniciansUse laboratory techniquesWrite final reports


  • graduate student in Department of microbial pathogenesis from University of Maryland Baltimore in 2012
  • Master of Science (MS) in biochemistry and biotechnology from Universiteit Gent in 2011

Training and Certification

  • FELASA C in 2015 Certification
  • Postacademische opleiding Geavanceerde Statistische Methode Certification


BrightOwl Assessment:
Self Assessment:
Full Proficiency
Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Positions I am interested in:
    Associate Scientist Biomedical Scientist Medical Affairs Associate Molecular Biologist Postdoctoral Research Fellow Principal Scientist R&D Scientist R&D manager Research associate Science teacher Scientific Associate Medical Science Liaison (MSL) Clinical Research Associate (CRA) Clinical Project Leader Clinical Data Manager (DM) Clinical Trial Assistant (CTA) Clinical Trial Manager (CTM) Post-doctoral Fellow Preclinical Scientist QA Consultant Quality Assurance (QA) Manager Scientific consultant
  • Locations I am interested in:
    Brussels, Belgium Ghent, Belgium
  • Work From Home:
  • Work Regime:
    Permanent position
  • International:


    Expert has 2 publications (Will be avalible with full profile)

Area / Region

Brugge, Bruges, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes