PhD, Medical Sciences (cum laude), 2014, Radboud University (RU), Nijmegen, the Netherlands
MSc, Biomedical Sciences (bene meritum), 2008, RU, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
BSc, Biomedical Sciences, 2006, RU, Nijmegen, the Netherlands
I am a Senior Scientist with a dedication to improve outcomes for young sarcoma patients, and have over 10 years of expertise in translational sarcoma research. I recently relocated from London, UK, to join Children's Cancer Institute (CCI) and the Translational Tumour Biology group (TTB; A/Prof Paul Ekert), in which I lead an independent program focusing on sarcoma biology and the development of targeted therapeutic interventions. I am also the appointed Sarcoma Expert within the Preclinical Drug Testing Core (PDTC) and ZERO Childhood Cancer Program, and hold a Conjoint Senior Lecturer Appointment at the University of New South Wales (UNSW). Personalised medicine, combination therapies, phosphoproteomics and sarcomas affecting the young are my key focus areas. I further have extensive experience in in vitro and in vivo drug testing of paediatric sarcoma models and a strong background in oncogenic signal transduction.
Main research activities of my team include:
We have a range of exciting student projects available, and I very much encourage enthusiastic students to contact our lab to discuss the opportunities (email@example.com).
2019: Early Career Researcher Travel Grant – Kids Cancer Alliance (KCA)
2019: Early Career Researcher (ECR) Rapid-fire 2nd place - KCA
2018: Travel grant – Biochemical Society
2017: Young Researcher Award - EURO EWING Consortium (EEC) and Peter Pan Charity
2016: Featured article in Nat Rev Cancer (Fleuren 2016; Nat Rev Cancer;16:83–98)
2015: Best Oncology thesis of the Netherlands and Vlaanderen 2015 – NVMO
2014: Travel grant - Dutch Cancer Society (KWF)
2011: Article and image in highlights section Clin Cancer Research (Clin Cancer Res 2011;17:7503)
CI = (sole) Chief Investigator; CIA/B = Chief Investigator A/B; AI = Associate Investigator