Research Departments Physiology 20210630 Personal Touch Malou Zuidscherwoude
30 June 2021

Could you tell us something about your work at the department?
I belong to the rare breed of postdocs within the Molecular Physiology group. Since the beginning of this year, I’ve started to work with (our now former colleague) Jenny van der Wijst and Joost Hoenderop on a project aiming to elucidate ion channel regulation at the molecular level.

Could you describe yourself in a few words:
Microscopy nerd who passionately dislikes sporty activities. (Yes, I’m aware I’m working at the Department of  Physiology)

What do you normally do in the weekends?
I’ve become such a ‘mum’ now! Most of the time, I’m playing with my kids and am absolutely astonished and proud of every little step in their development. Zero minutes are spent on sports but I do love to relax and watch British food TV, a side effect of having lived in Birmingham (UK) for 4,5 years. Fortunately,  we are now past most of the Covid19 restrictions, so Beer & Boardgame evenings with friends are back on the agenda.

What are your hobbies and can you tell us something about your favorite one? 
I love searching for extra-ordinary and quirky taxidermy. However, most of my hobbies revolve around delicious food & drink; like saving up to go all out in a Michelin starred restaurant. I celebrate carnaval in Nijmegen, the whole season in fact, not just the four days in winter. During summer I love having a beer outside in the city center and I own shares in a local Micro-Brewery from friends of mine: Brouwtoren. They now have a bar and tasting room at the brewery site and you can join them in their experiments to find ‘the taste of Nijmegen’.

Could you describe your best holiday?
When my now fiancée and I were still young and free, we just strapped a tent on the motorcycle and drove south to the sun without elaborate plans or expectations. We didn’t get far, and lingered along the coast line of Normandy eating cheese and drinking wine in the sunset, just perfect!

What is your dream for the future?
As a believer in the efficacy of team science, I do hope that this way of working gets implemented properly in the near future. Furthermore, I would love to spend my career setting up advanced imaging experiments in support of many teams I’d love to collaborate with.

Please add a picture of yourself during a certain activity and add here a note explaining the photo:
This picture was taken while measuring the exact size of the little diamond in my engagement ring using my antique Vernier microscope. This microscope was made in Birmingham in the 1920.


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