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.
Since August 2011
Functional characterization of the polymorphic membrane proteins of Chlamydia psittaci.
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
SociabilityAssertivenessCommunicativeCompetitivenessCritical thinkingCuriosityEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceInterest in knowledgeOptimismOrganizationProblem solvingResiliencySelf-disciplineResponsibility
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
Skills and Expertise
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
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