A Personal Touch of Corina van den Heuvel

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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:  Corina van den Heuvel






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Corina van den Heuvel, Dutch, PhD student at the Dept. of Pathology, theme Nanomedicine

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?
As a kid I changed my mind several times about what I wanted to become when I grew up. When I was very little I wanted to be a nurse, later that changed into doctor. I my ‘doctor phase’ I switched back and forth between pediatrician, neonatologist, trauma doctor and neurologist/neurosurgeon. After this I changed my mind to vet, and eventually I ended up with science.  

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I got my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree in Biomedical Sciences both at the Radboud University Nijmegen.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
I’ve always been interested in the underlying mechanisms and causes of disease, and in how the human body works in general. I think it is the ultimate challenge to unravel exactly how a disease originates and how it maintains itself, and to find a therapy that catches the disease on exactly the essential survival mechanisms. Without side effects ofcourse.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
I don’t really have one great example. I think there are many great scientists who all have their  own specialties and way of working. I also see this in my own working environment, and it is great to see how people who are such different scientist can work together and combine their ways of thinking so well. I think that really helps to bring out the best in a research project.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
I think that discovery is yet to come ;)

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
I wouldn’t know exactly how yet, but in some way I would develop an ethically justified human  testing model. This model could replace animal testing and would bring scientific results much closer to the clinical situation, making lab testing in a ‘human body’ possible.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
My working area is usually quite organized. There is always some stuff laying around, but I can’t really work at a messy, full desk. I need some free space around me.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Carlijn Bruggeling, as one of the newest PhD students in our lab, how do you like our department?

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?:
f) Culture or Nature:

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