I studied molecular sciences at Leiden University, initially focussing on computational quantum chemistry and its application to the design of new medicines. An interest in protein structure led me to move into experimental biophysics and I obtained my PhD in structural biology at the Bijvoet Center for Biomolecular Research in Utrecht. I then moved to the European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL), where I have combined X-ray crystallography and electron cryo-microscopy (cryo-EM) to study large molecular assemblies involved in selective autophagy. I am also interested in the technical challenges for sample preparation in cryo-EM and XFEL imaging, and I develop computational methods with the aim to make the interpretation of high-resolution cryo-EM maps a more routine task.
In my free time I enjoy sports, art and nature and I like to be outdoors. I am also still trying to locate the best cup of coffee in Delft.