Where were you born?
Groningen, the Netherlands.
What kind of studies do you work on?
I work on different fluorescence guided surgery studies, mainly in total thyroidectomies
Why did you want to do research in this field?
When starting my PhD in the spring of 2021, I wanted to gain more experience with clinical research and improve skills like being critical towards research papers and setting up a study. Together with my interest in oncological surgery, this team turned out to be a perfect match to combine the two.
What is your background?
I studied Medicine at the University of Groningen and afterwards I have been working as a ward physician in the surgery department at the UMCG for a little over a year.
What relevant experiences did you gain during your study?
During my studies, I have been doing a master’s thesis in the neonatology department, which was my first experience in clinical research. Besides my studies I have been rowing semi-professionally; which has been giving me lots of experiences like perseverance, working towards a goal, even in hard times, planning and organizing.
What do you like to do when you are not working?
When I am not working I like to sport (among others cycling, skating and running) and I coach a group of 10 female competitive rowers at my rowing club for quite some hours a week. When I’m not busy doing sports I like to bake some cake or pastries and share these with family or friends.