A Personal Touch of Leontien van der Bent

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week: Leontien van der Bent






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Name: Leontien van der Bent, Dutch. Current function: PhD student. Departments: Cell Biology and Biochemistry. Theme: Nanomedicine

2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years. 
When I was a child, I really wanted to be a police officer.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I studied Biology (specialization Cell & Molecular Biology in the BSc, and Molecular Development and Gene Regulation in the MSc phase) at Wageningen University. I chose this study programme because it’s very broad and most importantly, because I really liked the subject of biology.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
To me, this motto means that it is both very important to study fundamentals of disease processes, and to use this for translation to the clinic. This difference with ‘purely’ fundamental research is actually one of the reasons that I was very excited to come to the RIMLS/Radboudumc for my PhD.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
Barbara McClintock. She performed most of her research at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratories (NY, USA) and discovered transposons. The thing I admire most is that she must have been a very strong woman to make it in the first half of this century, and that she was able to unveil this process using quite limited genetic tools that were available during this time.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
I think this discovery is yet to come!

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
If I were given unlimited finance, I would develop a properly functioning VHH antibody against DMPK (involved in Myotonic dystrophy, which we study in our group), in alpaca’s!

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)? 
My desk is actually quite messy, but my lab bench always has to be more organized. I think this tells something about the fact that I can be a little bit chaotic sometimes, but that I can also be very precise and focused when it concerns things that I find very important.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Walther van den Broek

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or  PC:
b) Theater or Cinema:
c) Dine out or dine in: 
Dine in
d) Ferrari or Fiat:
e) Schopaholic or chocoholic:
f) Culture or Nature:

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