Bachelor of Biology, Environmental Biology and Sustainable Development, KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
Master of Biology, Molecular Biology and Physiology, KU Leuven (Leuven, Belgium)
I’ve always been fascinated by explorers and discovery, from archeologists discovering a new tomb in Egypt, to teams of biologists reaching into desolate areas. During my Bachelors at KU Leuven, I got fascinated by the cellular and molecular world and decided to explore this world further in my theses. During my Bachelors’ thesis, I touched upon the intricacies of the eukaryotic cell, which I explored further in the context of a parasitic cell during my internship at the Pasteur Institute and on a more fundamental level in the lab of Joris Winderickx during my Masters’ thesis. It was around this time that I decided that I really wanted to continue my career in research and explore areas that contribute on a fundamental level to furthering knowledge and combatting the disease. From my Bachelors, I understood that bio-informatic and data-analytic know-how should be crucial abilities in the skillset of a biologist, and although I added multiple bio-informatic courses to my masters, I felt that there is still a lot of room left for growth.
Since the Cell2Cell network offered PhD positions with integrative applications, in areas where my interests and strengths lie, I felt that I could learn a great deal as a researcher and in bio-informatics and it would help to prepare me for a potential career as an independent researcher. The project in the team of Angela Taddei introduced me to the field of epigenetics and enables me to sharpen my bio-informatic skillset, while its topic also perfectly aligns with my goals as a biologist.
I like to travel, climb and enjoy cultural activities and I believe that my stay in Paris will more than allow me to enjoy these.
This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation programme under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie grant number 860675.