Board 2013

This is ProVU’s board for 2013.

Nienke Schutte
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Nienke Schutte (1987) graduated with a master degree in Neuroscience at the VU University. Currently, she is a PhD researcher at the Biological Psychology department and EMGO+ Institute for Health and Care Research.Nienke joined the ProVU in January 2013 as chairwoman of the ProVU board. During her studies at the VU, she watched ProVU being established and grown into the organization that it is today. Her main focus is to sustain this growth of ProVU by expanding its range of services to PhD students: organizing social and academic activities and providing support and information on how to become a successful PhD.
Ilona Persoon
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Ilona Persoon (1987) graduated as a dentist in 2010 at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), part of the VU University and the University of Amsterdam. Currently, she is working as a dentist in a general dental practice and is doing research as a PhD candidate at the department of Preventive Dentistry at ACTA. She is studying the microbiota of root canal infections and novel treatment modalities to treat these infections. Ilona joined ProVU in June 2013. She would like to stimulate the interaction between PhD candidates from different faculties, both on a professional and a social level. She hopes to see more PhDs joining ProVU’s future events!
Sebastiaan Roos
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Sebastiaan Roos (1988) earned his medical degree in 2011 at the LUMC in Leiden. Afterwards, he immediately started his PhD at the VUmc / ICIN. His main area of interest is the use of therapeutic ultrasound in the treatment of acute myocardial infarction. By using the cavitational force of microbubbles (or ultrasound contrast agents), shear stress and microjets, the thrombus can be destroyed causing revascularization of the culprit artery. Another focus area is the use of exenatide, an anti-diabetic drug, to improve remaining cardiac function after a patient suffered from an acute myocardial infarction.
Sebastiaan became a board member of ProVU as junior treasurer in the first half of 2013. His main focus is to reinforce the relations between VU and VUmc PhDs and to increase PhD participation from PhDs at the VUmc at ProVU events.
Tom van den Berg
PR representative
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Tom van den Berg (1986) graduated at the Rijksuniversiteit Groningen in 2012 in the field of molecular biology and biotechnology. After his graduation he exchanged Groningen for Amsterdam and started his PhD in biophysics as a part of the Biosolarcells program. Goal of his PhD is to optimize photosynthesis in algae for the production of third generation bio-fuels, to provide clean energy for our future needs.Tom has been part of the i-ProVu team since the start of his PhD and joined the board as PR-representative in January 2013. His main ambition as a board member is to increase the participation of PhDs from faculties that are currently underrepresented in ProVU. He sees the network of PhDs within ProVU as a valuable asset and encourages every PhD to join in. To profit from it in the future, and evenly important, to have fun while doing so!
Susanne Roth
i-ProVU representative
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Susanne Roth, born in 1987, studied Molecular Systems Biology at the university in Heidelberg and graduated 2011 with a master degree. Since October 2011 she is part of the division “Molecular Cell Physiology” at the VU where she works as a PhD researcher. She is looking at the cellular Calcium Sensing Receptor and trying to make a mathematical model of its signaling processes to learn more about this receptor and how to intervene in case of diseases.Susanne is an active part of the i-ProVU team since February and a general ProVU board member since April 2012. Her interest in ProVU is to provide PhD students and PostDocs a platform for networking and, with special focus on the issues of internationals.
Lourens Robbers
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Lourens Robbers (1982) earned his medical degree in 2008 at the VUmc. After working for two years at the cardiology department of the Medical Center at Alkmaar, he started his PhD at the cardiovascular imaging group of the ICaR-VU institute. By using different magnetic resonance imaging techniques to visualize the heart after it has recently suffered a heart attack, new predictors for the development of chronic illness, such as heart failure are explored.Since 2012, Lourens is board member of ProVU as treasurer. His main focus is to reinforce the relations between VU and VUmc PhDs and to strengthen PhD participation in the VUmc. With VU and VUmc PhDs joining efforts, ProVU increases its opportunities to organize various events, and it strengthens its participation rights. He hopes to encourage other PhDs to join ProVU as well, because additional participants are always welcome!
Noor Keulen
general member
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After getting her medical degree at the AMC in Amsterdam in 2010, Noor Keulen (1984) worked at the surgery department in Zaandam for a year. This was followed by a year at the ICU of the Burn Center in Beverwijk during which her interest in research was reawakened. In January of 2013 she started as a PhD candidate at the anaesthesiology department of the VUmc. The focus of her research project is to diagnose the metabolic syndrome in obese patients scheduled for surgery and to implement a habitual physical activity program aiming to improve the health condition of these patients, and reduce the risk for perioperative hyperglycemia. Noor joined ProVU in june 2013 aiming to help improve interaction between PhD candidates of the VU both professionally and recreationally.