A Personal Touch of Hans von den Hoff

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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: Hans Von den Hoff






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
My name is Hans Von den Hoff and I was born in Oss, the Netherlands. I am already working for more than 20 years as an assistant professor in the department of Orthodontics and Craniofacial Biology. My research fits within the Theme: Reconstructive and regenerative medicine of RIMLS.

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. 
I always wanted to be a veterinarian and I was very much interested in animals and plants. Later I turned out to be allergic to all kinds of animals so my dream was shattered…

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I studied Biology in Nijmegen; this was my second choice after veterinary sciences in Utrecht.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
My main interest is in cleft palate research and the molecular pathways that are involved in the etiology of cleft palate. The medical background always attracted me in biology.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
I don’t really have a great example or idol in science but I very much admire classical scientists like Leonardo da Vinci or Antonie van leeuwenhoek because they had such a wide perspective on science.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
When I was a master student for my major internship in Microbiology I discovered a new enzyme in an anaerobic bacterium together with my supervisor. Later on science was never this exciting anymore but slowly became more like a business process. Sometimes I regret that science nowadays is governed by money and numbers.

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
I would generate hundreds of  transgenic mice to investigate the etiology of cleft palate.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)? 
I always have a clean desk because we work with flex workplaces. This is ofcourse not my own choice… But the good thing is that I nearly don’t have any paper lying around.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Jo Zhou from Molecular and Developmental Biology. I am curious what is her view on the character of Dutch people now she has been living here for so many years. What was the main problem for her in adapting to living in the Netherlands..

10. You are nominated by Willeke Daamen. What is your answer to this question?
My nomination goes to Hans Von den Hoff. I would like to ask him how he deals with the temporary relocation of his laboratory away from the campus.
I am getting a little bit used to it after 1 year but the travelling form the lab at Noviotech Campus to the Radboud for teaching takes a lot of time every week. I am looking forward to the new Dentistry building in 2017.

11. What type of person are you, quick insights:

a) Mac or  PC:
b) Theater or Cinema:
c) Dine out or dine in: 
d) Ferrari or Fiat:
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic:
f) Culture or Nature: 


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