A personal touch of Guido van Mierlo

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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: Guido van Mierlo






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Guido van Mierlo, PhD candidate, Dept. of Molecular Biology, theme Cancer development and immune defence.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your child years. 
When I was younger I just wanted to be famous, the field of expertise was irrelevant. Although, according to my parents, in my very early years I also had a strong drive to become a dustman.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I studied Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University in Nijmegen. I was interested in medical research, so Biomedical Sciences was a logical choice. During my studies I did internships at the Radboudumc and at Cambridge University to explore different model systems to study diseases, resp. Drosophila and Trypanosomes.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?  
I like to see science as a very big puzzle, which your trying to solve. Of course you won’t solve the entire puzzle, but gathering bits and pieces every day gives a lot of satisfaction and will hopefully contribute to advance our understanding of chromatin biology. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
I don’t have a specific role model in science, but I like to adapt and combine characteristics from multiple inspiring people in the field to become a successful scientist of my own. Though if I would name someone it would be Steven Hawking, a great scientist who really changed the way we see the universe. 

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
As I am relatively early in my scientific career, still all the discoveries we make are very intriguing. Everyday can be filled with a new small discovery, such as an expected phenotype upon knockdown of a protein of interest, that add up to the bigger picture. 

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
With the current state of the earth, the environment changing and overcrowding being inevitable, colonization of planets such as Mars is likely to become an unavertable necessity. As the effects of microgravity on reproduction of higher organisms remain to be explored, sending cattle into space and study their reproduction followed by in-depth molecular profiling would greatly advance our understanding on the risks of microgravity for new-borns.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My desk changes its appearance on a weekly basis. Some weeks it is kind of messy, which reflects a busy week with lots of experiments. Other weeks I spend behind my PC analysing data, which is then reflected by a (more or less) organized desk. 

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
 Jorieke Weiden. I would like to ask what her favourite type of T cell is? 

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?                                : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                  : Cinema
c) Dine out or dine in?                  : Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Ferrari
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : None
f) Culture or Nature                       : Nature


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