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Microbiology expert with experience in people and project management

Decisive and result-driven

Energetic team coach & natural leader

Strong communicator and motivator

Good strategist with helicopter view


Current Experience

  • FWO Post-Doctoral fellow in microbiology
    Since January 2010


    • Group leader of team with 4 to 6 PhD students and 1 to 2 lab technicians

    • Successfully acquired over €2,000,000 in grant funding

    • Lab & project management

    • Research strategy & International collaborations

    • Organizer of international conference and numerous science outreach activities


    • Expert in microbiology: isolation, growth, identification, molecular characterization and genome analyses of bacteria involved in greenhouse gas emission

    • Author of over 44 published peer review papers

    • Numerous oral presentations at national and international scientific conferences (incl. invited lectures at ISME and Gordon Research Conference)

    • Teaching of several Microbiology courses at Bachelor and Master level using blended learning

    • Promotor and supervisor of two finished and 4 ongoing PhDs

    • Member of several PhD promotion committees and numerous master thesis committees


Past Experience

  • President of the UGent PostDoc Community
    May 2014 --- July 2015
    I was the first president of the Ghent University PostDoc Community, launched in March 2014 and unique in its kind in Belgium. The Ghent University PostDoC wants to share information relevant to career support and professional development and built a social and professional network across disciplines and faculties. For more information, check out

  • Visiting scientist
    November 2010 --- February 2011

    I visited the internationally renowned Microbiology Department of Prof Mike Jetten, where I successfully developed cryopreservation protocols for anammox and N-DAMO.

  • Senior Scientist
    April 2009 --- December 2009

    Job content:

    • Responsible for National Reference Laboratory for Antimicrobial resistance of zoonotic agents

    • Monitoring of antimicrobial resistance (both MIC and PCR based) in Salmonella/Campylobacter and ESBL in E. coli

    • Implementation and validation of ISO standards

    • Supervisor of two lab technicians

  • Project Manager Microbiology
    January 2008 --- December 2008

    Ecodis nv was a KMO specialized in the non-chemical disinfection of water through anodic oxidation. Target waters were drinking waters, sanitary and proces waters.

    Job content:

    • Initiation and project management of commercial research projects

    • Sales and Marketing support

    • Scientific follow up of advances in disinfection technology and water-associated microbiological problems

  • Post-doctoral researcher
    January 2008 --- February 2008

    Job content:

    • Management of scientific project on different aspects of Pseudomonas (plant pathogen, taxonomy, MLSA)

    • Day-to-day follow up and supervision of 3 lab technicians

  • PhD Biotechnology (Microbiology)
    February 2004 --- December 2007

    Dissertation title: 'Study of the genetic basis of denitrification in pure culture denitrifiers isolated from activated sludge and soil' 


    • isolation and cultivation of bacteria
    • molecular PCR-based analyses tools such as DGGE, rep-PCR fingerprinting, gene sequencing
    • nitrogen cycling, more specific denitrification and nitrate removal from activated sludge systems and soil
    • identification of bacteria

  • High-school teacher maths/biology
    February 2002 --- June 2002


Self Assessment :
AuthenticityResult OrientedCritical thinkingCommunicativeAnalytical thinkingCollaborationIndependenceStrategic thinkingProblem solving


Self Assessment :
MicrobiologyGenomicsDNA extractionDNA sequencingbacterial taxonomydenitrificationisolation of bacteria
LinkedIn Assessment :
Team LeadershipProject Managementlab managementGrant WritingMicrobiologybacterial isolationbacterial preservationBacterial PhysiologyGenome AnalysisPCRDNA extractionBacterial Culturing

Skills and Expertise

Self Assessment :
grant writingproject managementlab managementmanaging a small team Create SOPs Write papersCoach staffDesign scientific projects (in biology)Manuscript review


  • Master in Applied Microbial Systematics from Ghent University in 2003
  • Master in Biology, option physiology from University of Antwerp in 2001

Training and Certification

  • Creaboost seminars on creativity & innovation, Dirk De Boe (Creashock) in 2014 Training
  • Creativity, pitching, resilience, Streetwize in 2014 Training
  • Training presentation technics, Klein Barnum in 2014 Training
  • Various Lecturer trainings and educational seminars UGent in 2014 Training
  • Gas chromatography, Interscience in 2011 Training
  • Training in Biosafety, SBB in 2009 Training
  • Training in situation-based management, WIV in 2009 Training
  • Basics of Project Management, Amelior in 2008 Training
  • Languages

    BrightOwl Assessment:
    Self Assessment:
    Full Proficiency
    Elementary Proficiency

Work Preferences

  • Notice Period:
    4 weeks
  • Positions I am interested in:
    Business Development Manager Product Specialist Project Manager Scientific Advisor Team Leader Principal Scientist
  • Locations I am interested in:
  • Work From Home:
    Yes, 0 to 2 days per week
  • International:

Area / Region

Sint-Amandsberg, Ghent, Belgium


Driving License
  • Yes