During my undergraduate studies in Biotechnology my interests changed from biomedical to environmental issues. Therefore I chose to pursue a Masters at the Laboratory of Microbial Ecology and Technology (LabMET) within the faculty of Bio-engineers (University of Ghent, Belgium). There I did research on the bacterial production of nanoparticles, for use in wastewater treatment. I studied the capability of Cupriavidus metallidurans, a survivor in very harsh environments, to produce palladium nanoparticles under several conditions. I also performed a gene-expression analysis, in order to obtain a better view on the mechanism of nanoparticle production. A third focus was the production of bi-metallic, magnetically recoverable nanoparticles.
Currently I am also enrolled in a Biomimicry certificate program (Biomimicry 3.8), where I learned about PhD training in Biomimicry at the University of Akron/CIA. Learning about Biomimicry made me realize how important our environment is. My personal goal is helping to make people aware of the potential of Biomimicry, especially those in industry.
- 2010, University of Ghent, B.S. Biochemistry/Biotechnology
- 2012, University of Ghent, M.S.Biochemistry/Biotechnology
- 2012, BSpecialist Certification Program (Biomimicry 3.8)