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)