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This week: Roel op 't Veld
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 really young I wanted to become King. Eventually I got older and wiser and I realised that becoming a king was not realistic, so I decided to be a Pokémon trainer instead.
3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?
In high school biology was my favourite subject by far, and also the subject I was most good at out of all the ‘beta’ studies. I figured a job like tree doctor wouldn’t suit me (#HayFever) so I started looking more into the cellular/molecular type of biological studies. The first open day I went to was for biomedical sciences in Maastricht University. I was immediately convinced that there wouldn’t be any other education more suitable for me than that one, so I applied and eventually completed my bachelor and master there.
4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
I think this motto focuses too much on fundamental research (e.g. “how does this disease work?”), and doesn’t reflect those of us working on treatments to known problems well enough.
5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
It’s a cliché answer but: Stephen Hawking. The guy was given 2 years left to live, but he survived. He lost almost all functionalities of his body, except for his mind. I’m sure a lot of people in his position would’ve given up already. Of all his brilliant skills I think that his will power is the most admirable.
6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
Maybe not a discovery, but I’m most proud of my work on imaging regeneration in axolotls using MRI. It was a very unique and flavourful topic, and had a high ‘futurology’ vibe (imagine regenerating human limbs!).
7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
That would probably involve many animals and hiring an entire pathology lab to perform the histological stainings.
8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Our office has ‘flex’ workspaces, so I don’t have my own desk. At the end of the day I stuff all my papers into my bag or drawer, leaving the desk empty.
9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Yang Zhang: Other than the girls, what will you miss the most about the Netherlands when you go back to China?
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? : Out
d) Ferrari or Fiat? : One Ferrari equals many Fiats
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic? : Chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature : Nature
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