Beyond the scientist: Floor Aleva

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Floor Aleva is a PhD candidate and resident Pulmonology and Internal Medicine.

Where and when were you born?

Zwolle, November 1988. Although I can’t really remember Zwolle, we moved to Groningen after a couple of months.

Where do you live and with whom?

I live in ‘s-Hertogenbosch together with Boudewijn. He works for the Royal Netherlands Airforce in Gilze-Rijen, so we had to find a place in between. ‘s-Hertogenbosch is the perfect spot for us, we absolutely enjoy this city!

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

That’s a difficult question. I can’t really remember a role model back then, however, I’ve had many role models since my medicine rotations. It gives an unique opportunity to see doctors from different specialties, with different characters at work. Nowadays, I feel blessed to work at the departments of Respiratory Medicine and Internal Medicine with many talented people that I admire.

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

I can only hope to be able to do the same thing as my role models (at some point in my career). This will involve a combination clinical work, research and teaching. For me, this would be the best combination.   

What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

During my studies, the Radboud Honours Academy gave me a fellowship for a research project at Imperial College in London. That is something I am still grateful for.  

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

My long term goal is to combine clinical work with research and teaching. For the next years my focus will be mainly on my research projects in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in combination with my training to become a medical specialist.

For what can we wake you up?

You can always wake me up for sushi and Ben&Jerry’s, however maybe not in combination…

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?

I just started with golf this year. The quality of my current game is moderate and largely depends on my state of mind. It is a very psychological game and admittedly, my impatience is my biggest constraint. It can also be very relaxing though!

What is your biggest irritation?

A ‘perfect’ golf ball that ends in the lake.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Ionica Smeets, she’s a mathematician and professor in ‘Science Communication’ at Leiden University and she has an interesting view on science. I’d love to ask her some questions.


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