In June last year I defended my doctoral thesis at the department of Veterinary Sciences at the University of Antwerp. From 2008 until 2014 I was a mandatory assistant at the Laboratory of Applied Veterinary Morphology of the Department of Veterinary Sciences where I studied the structural and functional development of the small intestine in low birth weight piglets, a model for low birth weight infants. I have presented the results of this research on several international and national conferences and published the results in international journals. Besides a research assignment I was responsible (Biochemistry of domestic animals II, Food and environmental chemistry) and participating in teaching (Analytical chemistry, Biochemistry of domestic animals III) practical courses to bachelor students of the Department of Veterinary Sciences. Since the beginning of this year, I work as a Staff member at the Centre for Evidence Based Practice at the Belgian Red Cross Flanders. I’m responsible to collect the best scientific evidence available to develop guidelines and systematic reviews and to scientifically underpin all activities of the organisation.
In 2005 I graduated as a Master in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp. After graduating I worked as a research assistant at the Translational Cancer Research Group Antwerp, a collaborative effort between the University of Antwerp and the Sint-Augustinus Hospital and I was responsible for the collection of human blood and bone marrow samples and analyzing several parameters of patients with breast cancer. Thereafter, I moved abroad and was appointed a position for two years as research assistant by the Medical Research Council in het Weatherall Institute of Molecular Medicine at the University of Oxford. In this laboratory the molecular basis of multiple sclerosis is investigated using humanized mice models.
I am happy to work both independent and in team and love a new, challenging assignment. I naturally have a strong scientific curiosity and I learned to statistically analyze and describe results clearly in scientific papers and reports.
Staff Member Evidence Based Practice Mechelen, Belgium
Since January 2016
Ph.D. Student Antwerp, Belgium
October 2008 --- September 2014
Research Assistant Oxford, United Kingdom
March 2007 --- September 2008
Research Assistant Antwerp, Belgium
October 2005 --- September 2006
Attention to detailCommunicativeCoordinationCuriosityEfficiencyFlexibilityIndependenceOrganizationProactivityProblem solvingSelf-disciplineTrustAnalytical thinkingAuthenticityCritical thinkingResponsibilityWillingness to compromise
Animal models Biostatistics Biochemistry Cell biology Scientific writingAnimal ModelsAntibodiesCancer ResearchCommunication SkillsData AnalysisRT-PCRRNA isolationResearchreal-time PCRrecombinant DNA technologyQuantitative PCR (qPCR)SDS-PAGESPSSTeachingTeamworkTranslational MedicineWestern BlottingBiomedical SciencesCancerCell biologyCell CultureCleanroomDNADNA extractionDNA sequencingELISAEnzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA)GastroenterologyGraphPad PrismHistologyImmunocytochemistry (ICC)Immunohistochemistry (IHC)ImmunologyIn VitroIn VivoLaboratoryLaboratory ResearchLaboratory SkillsLaboratory ManagementLife SciencesMammalian Cell CultureMicrosoft ExcelMicrosoft OfficeMicrosoft PowerpointMicrosoft WordMolecular & Cellular BiologyOutlookPCRPowerPointPrenatal developmentProtein Expression
Skills and Expertise
Analytical skills Analyze data Guide students Report data Write papersCell cultureCollect dataConduct animal studiesConduct literature searches.Conduct studiesFollow up projectsGastrointestinal diseasesInterpret analytical resultsInterpret scientific dataNetworkOral presentationPrepare manuscriptProtocol managementPublication of articlesRead medical literatureStatistical analysisTeach university studentsWrite papers
Doctor in Veterinary Sciences from University of Antwerp in 2015
Master in Biomedical Sciences from University of Antwerp in 2005
Training and Certification
FELASA C in 2009 Certification