Role: Nephropathologist and researcher
Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
As a child I was fascinated by Pasteur’s work and wanted to see things what others could not see and understand the pathophysiology of diseases. The vocation to become a clinical pathologist was evident and my passion/hobby became my work. I received my MD degree from the Faculty of Medicine at the Universite Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) in 1990, my “Thèse d’Agrégation de l’Enseignement Supérieur” at the same University in 1995, and my PhD degree at the University of Leiden (The Netherlands) in 1997. In 1998 I was board certified in the Netherlands in Pathology and in 2001 in Immunology. From 1991 to 1994, I was Research Fellow of Fonds National de la Recherche Scientifique (Belgium) in the department of Immunology of Prof. M. Goldman, Université Libre de Bruxelles and in the departments of Prof. B. Brenner and R. Cotran (Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University). I am a Councillor and Renal Pathology Ambassador of the ISN, member of the Renal Pathology working group and Education Committee of ISN, member of the Scientific Advisory Board of ERA-EDTA.
What I particularly like in my work is the challenge to combine the nephropathology diagnostics with translational research and teaching, simultaneously on a daily basis. My research questions rise from my clinical work and I try to implement the research answers to refine and personalize my diagnostics.
I hope to contribute to this consortium with my large experience as a nephropathologist, but also as a mentor to junior scientists, where I guide the project in the right direction by supervising the progress.