Nagma obtained a PhD degree in physical chemistry under supervision of Prof. Monika Schönhoff and was affiliated to University of Muenster, Germany from Oct 2010 to April 2014. Then she moved to Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden to work in the group Prof. Fredrik Höök as a Postdoc. After working in Sweden until August 2017, she joined Katholieke University of Leuven in October of the same year as a Postdoc working with Prof. Jelle Hendrix.
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During this period of my research I have skilled multiple surface based techniques like QCM-D, SPR, ATR-FTIR. These techniques are suitable for quantitative examination of surface functionalization, and most importantly for kinetic analyses. In both PhD and Postdoc in Sweden I implemented these techniques to scrutinize binding-unbinding kinetics of polyelectrolytes and even biological entities like lipid vesicles and virus-like particles. As a complement to these ensemble average techniques I was keen to study these systems at single particle level, which led me to work with fluorescence imaging tools like TIRF microscopy and single particle tracking analysis. During my postdoc in Sweden I developed a receptor-mediated competition method to probe mobility of virus particles attached to lipid membrane. To continue with my research interest on single virus tracking in native environment I am currently working on a project of HIV imaging in live cell.
Niels Vandenberk obtained his Professional Bachelor’s degree in Biochemistry at KHLeuven (2008-2011), after doing an internship at the KULeuven with accompanying thesis (2011) in the group of Prof. dr. Yves Engelborghs on fluorescence fluctuation spectroscopy of oxazine-labeled alpha-synuclein for studying dynamics using photo induced electron transfer. Afterwards, he moved to the KU Leuven for a Master’s degree in Biochemistry and Biotechnology. During the first year, he did an external internship at Waterleau, where he performed the purification of chemical wastewater with a membrane-bioreactor. In the second Master year, he did his thesis in the group of Prof. dr. Johan Hofkens (2013-2014), which concerns a detailed characterization of fluorescent proteins that will allow triple-color fluctuation imaging in cells. Furthermore, performing preliminary fluctuation imaging experiments (RICS) in E. coli cells. After his graduation in 2014, he stayed at the KULeuven to start a PhD in Biochemistry in the LPS group of Prof. dr J. Hofkens, division of molecular imaging and photonics. His research focuses on Single-molecule FRET to study in an accurate way distances and conformational dynamics of biomolecules.
Guillermo Solí s Ferná ndez
Quinten started his academic career in Kortrijk at the KULAK (KU Leuven department Kortrijk) where he was enrolled for a bachelor of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (2012-2016). Concluding his Bachelor thesis about the role of neutrophils in thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) in the renomated Interfacultary Life Sciences lab of K. Vanhoorelbeke he obtained his Bachelor. Continuing his career in Leuven at the KU Leuven he concluded an external internship at Toxikon Europe (2017) where he explored a technical way of researching using GC and HPLC coupled to mass spectrometry as main techniques. His project was focused around validating superior extraction methods and optimizing an automatic sampler for GC analysis. Continuing on this more technical aspect of researching he chose for a Master Thesis in the research group of Jelle Hendrix in the Department of Molecular Imaging and Photonics (2017-2018). In the frame of this thesis Quinten currently works on the oligomerization of HIV-Integrase protein using Multiparameter Fluorescence Imaging Spectroscopy (MFIS). This involves using renowned techniques and more state of the art applications in fluorescent labeling and imaging. The goal is to determine the different oligomeric states through which the integrase evolves during cell infection.
Finished her PhD in 2016, now works at J&J as a specialist in virus R&D