Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
It is great to work in an environment where you can see progress being made in both molecular and clinical research. Education is a great way of preparing students to become tomorrow’s researcher or physician, with knowledge of both molecules and medicine. My desk looks relatively clean. There are some stacks of paperwork and sometimes lots of yellow notes. This resembles my approach in organizing education. I have learned how to structure a course and keeping an overview, without being too rigid
Could you describe yourself in a few words:
I grew up in a village in the south of the Netherlands, in Limburg (and yes, I still speak in dialect to some people). I have an older brother and sister, twins, and while they have followed my father’s footsteps into chemistry, I wanted to become a veterinary doctor. I didn’t get into veterinary medicine in the first year and started studying biology in Utrecht. And although I did start veterinary medicine in the second year, I discovered after a year that I was more interested into the mechanisms of diseases and wanted to do research. That why I got my degree in biology and did my PhD in medicine in Amsterdam. I continued as a neuroscientist performing research in Oxford, Heidelberg and Berlin, before returning to the Netherlands and now focusing on education.
What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one?
You can find me outdoors most of the times, or behind a book. I always wanted to know how things worked.
What type of person are you, quick insights:
- Theater or cinema? Cinema
- Dine out or dine in? Both, I love cooking and enjoy dining out
- Ferrari or Fiat? Ferrari
- Shopaholic or chocoholic? Neither, I prefer cheese
- Culture or Nature? A balanced mix of both
Since my focus is on education, I would like to set up a national physiology education platform, where we would develop and share innovative teaching models, like animations and computer programs, to teach students, teachers and specialists on complex and abstract physiology concepts.
Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaining the photo:
This picture is taken during the Covid-19 period. Like all of you, I’ve worked from home. This meant 4 new coworkers (in the picture coworker A). Two furry ones who first were not to sure whether they were happy to suddenly share the house the entire day; Two very early career ones who incredibly fast finished their own jobs and then started to harass me: one followed me to the toilet and kept telling me insanely long stories about “Fortnite” from the other side of the door. The other one complained about the noise of my students while chatting my ears off. It was great having them around so much, but also challenging and I’m happy at least the primary schools are back to ’normal’.
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