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: Caroline Sieverink
1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Caroline Sieverink, Dutch, MD PhD candidate, department of Urology, theme Urological cancers.
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.
I grew up in a small village in the ‘Achterhoek’ (a rural area in the Eastern part of the Netherlands), where I spent my childhood years living on my parents’ farm. I was a real dreamer and was always drifting off into my own adventures. I had an amazing childhood growing up on the farm, since there was so much exploring to do that my adventures seemed endless.
During my teen years I shortly considered to study either ‘American Studies’ or to go to veterinary school, but eventually I decided that I would rather become a medical doctor instead.
3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?
I studied medicine at the Radboud University. When I was little I got into a car accident, which led to me needing multiple hospital check-ups and admissions. I was never scared during these visits, but actually enjoyed the vibe of the hospital and thought it was a really cool place. These positive experiences were eventually my main motivation for wanting to become a medical doctor.
4. The RIMLS motto is ‘Today's molecules for tomorrow's medicine’. What does this mean for you?
For me it represents the close relation and interaction between fundamental and translational research. We need fundamental research to come up with future diagnostics and therapeutics, however it also means that fundamental research should be done while keeping the patients in mind.
5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
I do not have a ‘favourite’ scientist, but I recently visited Belgrade where I heard some great stories on Nikola Tesla, who allegedly was on the constant verge of insanity but invented some really cool stuff.
6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
No great discoveries so far, the best is yet to come!
7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
I would invest lots of money in the development of cancer derived organoids (tumoroids). Not just for bladder cancer (which I am working on), but for all types of tumoroids, since I truly believe they can lead the way towards more personalized cancer treatments.
8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My own working area is usually quite tidy. I like to keep both my stuff and my thoughts well-organized. I always make little to-do-lists or scribble down my thoughts in a notebook.
9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
I would like to nominate Anglita Yanti Setiasti and ask her how she manages to remain always so cheerful while balancing both her PhD-life in the Netherlands and her family life in Indonesia?
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? : Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat? : Fiat
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic? : Chocoholic, definitely! It would have been a much bigger dilemma
if you’d asked me cheese- or chocoholic!
f) Culture or Nature : This is a hard one, but since I have to pick one: nature.
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