A Personal Touch of Jasmijn van Kampen

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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: Jasmijn van Kampen






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Jasmijn van Kampen, Dutch, PhD candidate at the Dept. of Urology, theme Urological Cancers 

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 grew up in Bergen op Zoom, a small city in Brabant. When I was a kid, I wanted to become a mom! To my mother’s delight haha. My love for molecular life sciences was only awakened after we learned about chemistry and cell biology in high school. Unfortunately that meant leaving Brabant behind and moving to Nijmegen.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I studied Molecular Life Sciences here in Nijmegen at the Radboud University. For obvious reasons after reading step 2. I picked Nijmegen because, although situated in the province of Gelderland, it has all the ‘Brabantse gezelligheid’ I was used to at home.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
It is actually the phrase that lured me in when I was trying to find a study after high school. It is why I wanted to become a researcher. So naturally I tried to find a PhD position in the RIMLS.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
I don’t really have one great example.. All new discoveries in science are in some way inspiring, but mostly I focus on how I want to contribute to science in my own way.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
I am proud of all my discoveries! If you appreciate every little success in the lab, your PhD will be a much happier experience. So to celebrate one of my latest discoveries: Although the primary antibody for my gene of interest does not give any signal, the β-actin loading control shows clean bands and equal loading, hurray!

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
I would study the effect of less working days per week and at least one week of holidays to a sunny location during the winter months, on the productivity and efficiency of employees. Including myself in the sample group of course.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My work area is organized and clean, but full of sticky notes. This probably reflects my effort to organize my sometimes chaotic mind. As the amount of sticky notes only increases.. I’m not sure if I succeeded.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
I would like to nominate Silvia Mihaila. How do you manage your time with two small children at home, but also the ambition to be the best researcher you can be?

10. 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?:
So.. if you shop till you drop for chocolate then you’re a shopachocoholic?...
f) Culture or Nature:
Nature loads the gun, but culture pulls the trigger – adapted from Bruce Lipton

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