Our 300 kV JEM-3200FSC cryo-EM instrument at BN!
Our 300 kV JEM-3200FSC cryo-EM instrument at BN!

I am group leader and assistant professor at the Department of Bionanoscience and heading the Electron Nanoscopy group at the Kavli Institute in Delft.

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.

When starting in Delft I was asked to write a short note for the Kavli newsletter about my motivation to join the Kavli Institute. You can read it here.

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