Board 2014

This is ProVU’s board for 2014.

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!