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: Manon Engels
1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Manon Engels, Dutch, PhD candidate, department of Pediatrics and Laboratory Medicine, theme Vascular damage (Radboud Adrenal Center).
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.
Ranging from artist to teacher to volleyball trainer. I was a happy kid: enthusiastic, eager to learn and had lots of energy, which I put in playdates with friends, sports (volleyball and tennis), and later on also volunteering activities for the volleyball club (trainer + youth activity committee).
3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?
During high school I decided I wanted to study something related to medicine, as I was interested in the human body, but didn’t want to become a MD. Therefore I decided to study Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University, majors Human Pathobiology and Epidemiology.
4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
For me, this is the fundament of (medical) science. Only if we understand the mechanism of disease, we can target disease specifically and help patients. In my current project, I’m trying to characterize benign Testicular Adrenal Rest Tumors (TART) in male patients with congenital adrenal hyperplasia. These tumors can cause infertility and are often already present during childhood. Unfortunately, there is not a lot known about these tumors and their etiology, therefore no treatment is yet established. Consequently, we can only offer cryopreservation of semen to preserve their fertility.
5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
There are many great scientists, but I don’t have a specific role model. I think every scientist deserves credit, as research takes lots of tenacity, while only the success stories get attention.
6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
Not a research discovery, but a research proposal has made me most proud. Last year I wrote a research proposal to perform RNA-sequencing on our TART samples and our group received funding from the International Fund for Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia (IFCAH2016; link).
7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
I would set up a model for TART, as there is no model yet.
8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
I would like to have everything neat and organized, however as I’m working my desk gets more cluttered. At the end of the day I reorganize my working spot, so I can immediately start the next morning. Within my research project I’m very organized with several schedules keeping track on whatever deadline is coming up.
9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Esther Willems; what is the main difference between working in business or academia and what can we learn from each other?
10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC? : PC
b) Theatre or cinema? : theatre
c) Dine out or dine in? : both, I love food :-)
d) Ferrari or Fiat? : Ferrari (as I am a formula 1 fan)
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic? : chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature : culture
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