I am a Dutch biochemist specialized in molecular biology and protein chemistry. I graduated in 2003 with a Master of Science degree in Medical Biology at VU university, Amsterdam. After graduating, I became a doctoral student at VU university under supervision of Joen Luirink focusing on the targeting and biogenesis of bacterial membrane proteins and was awarded a PhD in biochemistry in 2008. Subsequently, I worked as a postdoctoral researcher in the Biotechnology group at Groningen university. In 2013, I was employed as Bioprocess Engineer at DSM Biologics after which I headed in 2014 the R&D department of IQ Products as Manager Product Development for two years. Previously, I worked as project manager at Groningen University and in this role I supervised EU-funded research projects. Currently, I work as Scientific & Funding officer at the Kapteyn Astronomical Instiute, University of Groningen. My family and I live in the city of Groningen located in the northern part of the Netherlands. My spare time I like to spend outdoors with my family, preferably hiking or cycling.