Ms Vanessa GHISLAIN
After obtaining a Master’s degree in biomedical sciences in 2002 (Vrije Universiteit Brussel), Vanessa Ghislain worked for 11 years as a scientific collaborator at the pathology department of the Brussels University Hospital. She started with executing, supervising and developing molecular biology assays dedicated to cancer diagnosis and therapy, mainly FISH (fluorescent in situ hybridization). As from 2009 an ISO 15189 accreditation for molecular testing became mandatory, she took on the role of quality manager of the department. Later on, she started performing dissection of routine surgical pathology and biopsy specimens. She was also involved in several research projects of molecular oncology and reproductive medicine.
In 2013, she joined the former Institute of Public Health (WIV-ISP), now Sciensano, to work as a scientific collaborator at the Department Quality of medical laboratories. As coordinator of the national external quality assessment (EQA) program for the Belgian pathology laboratories, she is now responsible for the execution and development of quality assessment schemes in the field of pathology.