What is your current role? Tell us a bit about your research

Currently, I am a group leader at IRIBHM, ULB in Brussels, Belgium. I lead a group of three amazing PhD students and one irreplaceable technician. Our group works uses zebrafish as a model system and works on understanding how cells within a tissue multi-task.

What are you excited about in science communication?

I am excited about increasing the sense of wonder about scientific discoveries. As a post-doc, I used to run a podcast where I used to interview first authors and have them explain the paper. The response to the podcast was surprisingly encouraging. The listeners were excited and amazed to hear science, but also the personal journey of the author behind the discovery. This sense of amazement that drives my interest in science communication.

Why did you choose to participate in the ASAPbio Fellow program?

ASAPbio represents the cutting-edge in Open Science. Their aim of making scientific discovery accessible to all is the need of the hour. There are many people, including researchers, that are disenfranchised from science as the manuscripts are locked behind paywalls. Without access, science cannot be equitable and inclusive. I wish to promote the ideals of ASAPbio and do my best to communicate it to my peers and colleagues.

Ask me about

My wife and I love to play board games. We enjoy co-operative games, where everyone works together to achieve a common goal. Our favorite is ‘Pandemic’, in which players need to develop antibodies for four viruses that are destroying the world. Even though it is a board game, its mechanics relate to the current COVID-19 world. We enjoy going to Board Game Convention held in October at Essen, Germany.   

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