Position: Research Technician
Telephone: +31 43 3881509
|1990–1994||Master of Science, Biological Health Sciences,Faculty of Health Sciences, Maastricht University.
Internship at the Department of Cell Biology: “The role of lamins in large cell lung tumors”.
|1994–1995||Research technician at the Department of Physiology. Maastricht University.|
|1996-2001||OR-assistant surgery and anaesthesiology in the Maasland Hospital in Sittard and in the Academic Hospital in Maastricht.|
|2001-2005||Research Technician at the Department of Human Biology, Maastricht University.|
|2006-present||Research technician at the Department of Movement Sciences, Maastricht University.|
After studying Technical Physics for one year I started my study Health Sciences at the Maastricht University in 1990. I graduated in the field of Biological Health Sciences in 1994. My major topic was studying the gene expression of lamins in large cell lung tumors which resulted in my first paper in the Journal of Biological Chemistry in 1996. During my study time at Maastricht University I enjoyed the following courses: working with radioactive materials level 5B, working with microbiological techniques, working with lab animals (article 9) and placing blood flow catheters. After my graduation in 1994, I worked as a research technician at the Department of Physiology at Maastricht University, where I investigated the role of heat shock proteins in rats during stress. I acquired expertise in molecular biology techniques such as: DNA, RNA and protein analyses, transfections with adenoviruses, sequencing and Northern- Southern- and Western Blotting. After that I enlarged my knowledge of the human anatomy and physiology in several hospitals as an OR-assistant surgery and anaesthesiology. In 2001, I returned to science and worked as a research technician at the Department of Human Biology for about 5 years. In projects as diet-induced gene expression and amino acid-induced insulin secretion and muscle anabolism in type 2 diabetes, I applied techniques like RT-QPCR, thin layer chromatography, plasma analyses, cell culture and immunohistochemistry. At present, I work as a research technician for the Department of Movement Sciences at Maastricht University. My main research area includes the signaling of the mTOR pathway in human skeletal muscle tissue. I am a (co)author on more than 9 articles in international peer-reviewed journals.