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Athina VidakiAthina Vidaki (chair)
Dept. of Genetic Identification

I currently work as a postdoctoral researcher at the department of Genetic Identification, where I mainly conduct fundamental and applied research on epigenetics with medical relevance and forensic applications. I studied Biology at the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, and also received my MSc degree in Forensic Science from King’s College London.  In 2015 I completed my PhD at the same university on ‘novel uses of epigenetics in forensic science’, a study investigating tissue-specific and age-related DNA methylation patterns in various forensically relevant tissues. I recently joined Erasmus MC to continue my research and expand the list of potential epigenetic applications. I joined the PostDoc Network Erasmus MC board because I believe it is vital not only to network for knowledge and experiences exchange, but also to enable post-docs to develop their transferable skills through various educational opportunities and workshops.

Suzanne Verhaegh 2016_kl

Suzanne Verhaegh (vice-chair)
Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

I received my MSc degree in Biology from Wageningen University in 2005. From October 2005 until December 2006 I worked as a research technician at the dept. of Human Genetics at the Leiden University Medical Center. In January 2007, I joined the dept. of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases, Erasmus MC, as a PhD student and in 2011 I defended my thesis entitled ‘Epidemiology and Pathogenesis of Moraxella catarrhalis Colonization and Infection’. I continued working at the same department as a postdoctoral researcher, combining clinical research with an appointment at the dept. of Internal Medicine as a clinical trial coordinator. In 2013 my focus shifted more towards quality assurance (QA) rather than the coordination of clinical trials, therefore currently combining clinical related research with QA in research, which I enjoy!

Cathy Cuevas

Catherina Cuevas Gallardo
Dept. of Internal Medicine

I completed my Ph.D. in Biological Sciences in 2013 at the Pontifical Catholic University of Chile, where I studied some molecular signaling pathways involved in renal fibrosis induced by high blood pressure. In 2015, I moved to Portland, OR, USA  to start a 3-year Postdoctoral fellowship investigating the role of the renal potassium transporter Kir4.1 in regulating sodium reabsorption and blood pressure regulation at the Oregon Health and Science University (OHSU). In April 2018 I joined the Department of Internal Medicine as a scientific researcher to continue my work on activation of renal transporters and their role in the development of hypertension and chronic kidney disease in experimental animal models and patients. I joined the PdN board because I believe it is important for postdoc fellows to have the space to interact with each other, build networking opportunities and promote our professional development.

Diahann JansenDiahann Jansen
Dept. of Gastroenterology and Hepatology

I studied Biomedical Sciences at Leiden University and received my MSc degree in 2011. Subsequently, I started my PhD research at the Department of Rheumatology of the Leiden University Medical Center on the role of the adaptive immune system in the development, treatment and diagnosis of arthritis. I continued investigating the adaptive immune response in rheumatoid arthritis as a postdoc at the University of Queensland Diamantina Institute in Brisbane, Australia in 2015. Since September 2017 I joined the Department of Gastroenterology and Hepatology of the Erasmus MC to work on a therapeutic vaccine against the hepatitis B virus to treat patients with chronic hepatitis B infection. I joined the Postdoc Network because I think it is important to bring postdocs together by organizing workshops and events where they can share their experience and knowledge and further develop their skills.

Wendy_KamanWendy Kaman
Dept. of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases

Currently I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Medical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases. My main research topic is the development of novel diagnostic and therapeutic strategies for infectious diseases by detecting and exploiting (bacterial) protease activity. I obtained my BSc degree in Medical Biology from the Hogeschool Rotterdam in 2001  and in 2014 I defended my thesis entitled ‘Chirality; the key to specific bacterial protease-based diagnosis?’.  I joined the Erasmus MC PostDoc Network board to enable postdocs to further improve their transferable skills through organizing workshops and to create awareness on their career opportunities.

Alyt Oppewal 2016_klAlyt Oppewal
Dept. of General Practice

I studied Human Movements Sciences at the University of Groningen. In 2012 I started working as a PhD student at Erasmus MC at the chair of Intellectual Disability Medicine, which is part of the Department of General Practice. In 2014 I obtained my PhD on ‘Measuring physical fitness in older adults with intellectual disabilities: moving towards practice’. I continued working at this department as a postdoctoral researcher. My research focusses on physical fitness and activity of people with intellectual disabilities. I joined the board of the PostDoc Network Erasmus MC because I think the network is important to bring postdocs together and create awareness on important topics for their future careers.

Janne PapmaJanne Papma
Dept. of Neurology, Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC

I work as an Assistant Professor at the Department of Neurology, Alzheimer Center Erasmus MC. I have been involved in dementia research for almost ten years, and have performed clinical studies (MSc Neuropsychology), laboratory studies (MSc Neuroscience), and neuroimaging research (PhD).  As a continuation of my PhD project, a part of my work focuses on early neuroimaging biomarkers in frontotemporal dementia. In addition, I have received several grants to improve dementia diagnostics and care. In 2015 I have set up an outpatient clinic for dementia diagnostics in non-Western migrants, where we perform research on the cross-cultural adaptation of dementia diagnostics. Furthermore, I am (shared) PI of a project into the (under)recognition and etiology of neuropsychiatric symptoms in Alzheimer’s disease at the memory clinic. I have always combined my research work with a position as coordinator of the Alzheimer Center, and have managed patient logistics, research logistics, finance, and PR/communications. I organized several events aimed at public awareness on dementia, psychoeducation and scientific research. I joined the board of the PostDoc Network Erasmus MC in order to engage with early career investigators in the Erasmus MC, and aid them to achieve their career and research goals.

My PhanMy Phan
Dept. of Viroscience

I work as a postdoctoral researcher at the Department of Viroscience, applying next-generation sequencing and bioinformatic analyses to understand virus (meta-)genomics, evolution and transmission as well as virus discovery. I received a Bachelor of Medical Sciences from Flinders University (Adelaide, Australia) and then obtained a PhD in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford (Oxford, UK). I spent 2.5 years working at the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute (Cambridge, UK) as a postdoc before joining the Department of Viroscience in November 2016. I joined the PostDoc Network Board as I’d like to meet more of my peer postdocs and to build collaborations with other departments within Erasmus MC.

Rebecca_SteketeeRebecca Steketee
Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

I completed my MSc in Neuropsychology at Utrecht University in 2007 and subsequently started the research master program in Cognitive Neuroscience at Utrecht University. After completing my MSc in  Neuroscience I started my PhD research in 2010 on advanced MR neuroimaging in early stage presenile dementia at Erasmus MC. Since I completed my PhD in 2016 I continued working at the Department of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, where my post-doctoral work is directed at building a bridge between the clinical imaging research in dementia in the Alzheimer Center Rotterdam and the population neuroimaging research line of the Rotterdam Study. In January 2016 I joined the Postdoc Network in January 2016 because I think it is valuable for postdocs to be aware of their possibilities and it is important to connect the postdocs and other relevant parties to realize these possibilities.

Esther WarnertEsther Warnert
Dept. of Radiology and Nuclear Medicine

Originally from Weert, I completed my MSc degree in Medical Engineering at the University of Technology in Eindhoven in 2011. I then went on to do my PhD in neuroimaging at the Cardiff University Brain Research Imaging Centre in the UK. There, I developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques to study cerebrovascular physiology. After graduating in 2015, I spent a year working at the University of Western Ontario (London, Canada), where I worked on combining imaging techniques with a hybrid PET-MRI system to investigate neuronal function and neuroinflammation in frontotemporal dementia. In January 2017, I started my current position as a postdoctoral researcher at the Erasmus MC, where I now use my experience to develop imaging techniques and processing pipelines to investigate cerebral physiology in low grade brain tumours in the imaging genomics (iGENE) study. I joined the PostDoc Network because I believe that science increasingly benefits from multidisciplinary collaborations and via the Network I can be a part of bringing postdocs from every discipline together by organising workshops and events.

Jennifer de Wolf-CollinsJennifer de Wolf-Collins
Dept. of Pediatric Surgery

I studied Molecular Life Sciences at Maastricht University, where I received my MSc degree in 2008. In 2012 I obtained my PhD degree from Maastricht University on lung development after intra-uterine inflammation as part of an international collaboration with researchers from Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Centre and The University of Western Australia. Thereafter I went to the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute in Canada, where from 2012 to 2016 I worked as a postdoc on the role of resident lung mesenchymal stromal cells (L-MSCs) in neonatal lung injury after preterm birth. Since mid 2016 I've been working at Erasmus MC as a research fellow, continuing my research on L-MSCs in neonatal lung injury with a specific focus on how these cells interact with the lung microbiome and immune cells. I joined the PostDoc Network board because I believe it is important for postdocs to learn from and support each other, and to get the right tools to build a successful career.

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