I aspire to steer towards a healthy and sustainable future, by connecting with and inspiring others, and doing research and development for innovative solutions
that tickle my imagination and spark my enthusiasm.
I am a scientist, researcher, developer and teacher. I studied biology and biomedical sciences at Utrecht University, UC Berkeley, and UMass Amherst. I obtained my PhD in biophysics at the VU Amsterdam in the lab of prof. Erwin Peterman. After, I took a dive in the wonderful world of fungi with prof. Tom Shimizu at the AMOLF institute in Amsterdam in collaboration with prof. Toby Kiers at the VU University. Currently, I'm developing and maintaining four home-built 2-photon microscopes in the lab of prof. Rainer Friedrich at the Friedrich Miescher Institute for Biomedical Research in Basel (Switserland).
I am most curious about how things function; I like to learn what makes people tick and I am fascinated by nature.
I persevere and find innovative, out-of-the-box solutions for unforeseen challenges in new areas. I learned to adapt to new situations, and quickly master new techniques and skills. I am motivated by challenges in which I can focus my curiosity and creativity on groundbreaking and innovative projects.