Bianca Dijkstra

What is your name?

Bianca Dijkstra

Where were you born?

Groningen

What kind of studies do you work on?

During the preclinical studies I performed, the aim was to validate the (newly developed) fluorescent tracers 800CW-TATE and Bevacizumab-IRDye800CW in both a laboratory setting and in animal models. My clinical research is a continuation of the preclinical work and entails the application of Bevacizumab-IRDye800CW in patients with an intracranial meningioma (LUMINA trial).

Why did you want to do research/work in this field?

I have been fascinated with the brain since a young age and I wanted to perform research in the field of neurosurgery. Eventually, this lead to my MD/PhD project which focusses on developing molecular fluorescent guided surgery for patients with an intracranial meningioma. I do enjoy the neurosurgical aspects, the translational nature of my project with both preclinical and clinical studies, and the somewhat more technical theory of fluorescence and fluorescent detection methods.

What is your background/did you study?

Medicine

What relevant experiences did you gain during your study?

During my MD/PhD project, I have had the opportunity to meet and connect with new people of various backgrounds. I have been able to experience both the preclinical and clinical workflow of translating tracers to a clinical setting. This has given me insight into the different angles of approaching a project and has taught me how to manage a project.

What relevant experiences did you gain in your prior career?

After gaining the necessary medical knowledge in my bachelor degree in medicine, during my masters degree I interacted with patients on a daily basis. Furthermore, I found the opportunity to be able to observe the broad spectrum of disciplines in the medical field a privilege.

What do you like to do when you are not working?

When I am not working, I like to meet with friends and family or go for a run. During my holiday, I enjoy diving and traveling.

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