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Dr. ir. Sigrid De Keersmaecker MSc

Responsible BIOTECHlab (Chef de travaux SW)

PROFILE: PhD in Molecular Biology (bacterial genetics); Dr. Ir.; Expertise in Molecular biology, biotechnology, microbiology, microbial genetics, systems biology, immunology; bioinformatics applications; Wet lab experience; Project and team management experience; Experience in working under accreditation ISO17025;

CURRENT ACTIVITY: Currently responsible of the BIOTECHlab at the TAG (transversal technical and scientific unit at Sciensano) involving the development of new methods in support of a proactive public health policy (e.g. pathogen detection & characterization, human genetic and epigenetic biomarkers), a Sequencing Center (Sanger and NGS) and supervision of several PhD students.

PROFESSIONAL CARREER (previous jobs & studies)

April 2010 – current: Senior scientist, responsible BIOTECHlab, including the Sequencing Platform (Sanger and NGS); (co)-promoter of 2 finished and 7 ongoing PhD theses; Transversal activities in Applied Genomics – Operational Direction Expertise and Service provision  - Sciensano, Brussels, Belgium

Oct 2009 – March 2010: Group leader (~10 persons), at the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, K.U. Leuven (through BOF-financing) – (co)-promoter of 7 PhD students

Oct 2006 – Sept 2009: postdoctoral researcher (FWO) & group leader (~10 persons), at the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, K.U. Leuven

June 2003-Sept 2006: postdoctoral researcher (project coordinator) & group leader (~10 persons),  at the Centre of Microbial and Plant Genetics, K.U. Leuven (Salmonella & Probiotics research group)

1998-2003: Graduate School — PhD in Bioscience Engineering  (Applied Biological Sciences) – FWO aspirant — Fac. Bioscience Engineering, K.U. Leuven, Belgium

1993-1998: University- Bio-engineering bachelor & master Major Cell and Gene Biotechnology,  minor Food technology — Fac. Bioscience Engineering, K.U. Leuven, Belgium — Greatest distinction

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