28 May 2020 from 16:00 to 17:00

Career Services: Life Sciences Career Event ONLINE

During the Life Sciences Career Event ONLINE webinars, (young) alumni who work in different jobs at different organizations, will tell you more about their work. Get to know how it is like to work at a pharmaceutical company, at a non-profit organization or within academia. This webinar will start of with a short introduction, after which two alumni will give a presentation about their career and the choices they made. You have the possibility to ask all your questions beforehand or during the webinar by chat.

Programme in short

16:00     Start and introduction
16:05     Alumnus 1
16:20     Q&A
16:30     Alumnus 2
16:45     Q&A
16:55     Closure


Cees Sagt
Cees Sagt, PhD

Programme: Biology - specialisation in Molecular Cell Biology
Current position: Principal Scientist Strain Development at DSM Biotechnology Center

Cees Sagt (1969) obtained his university degree on molecular cell biology at the Utrecht University in 1994. After alternative military service, which allowed him to study protein folding in S. cerevisiae, he started his PhD project on cutinase production in yeast. His thesis focused on impaired secretion of heterologous proteins in S. cerevisiae, this project was supervised by prof. dr. ir. C.T. Verrips (Unilever) and prof. dr. A.J.Verkleij (UU). After obtaining his PhD in 2000 he joined the group of prof. van den Hondel at Leiden University were he participated in Eurofung II. Practical work was performed at the Applied Microbiology and Genetechnology Department at TNO. This project focused on secretion stress in A. niger and how to optimize the secretory capacities of A. niger. In 2001 he switched to DSM Food Specialties were he was appointed as associate scientist genetics, in 2003 he became scientist genetics and in 2005 he was appointed as senior scientist genetics within DSM Food Specialties. From August 1, 2009 he is principal scientist strain development within the DSM Biotechnology Center (DBC) and involved in the production of novel enzymes and metabolites using micro-organisms, as well as the optimization of the different cell factories of DSM. He was also board member and treasurer of the Dutch Biotechnology Association (Nederlandse Biotechnologie Vereniging (NBV) from 2009 until 2014.

Elena Daoutsali
Elena Daoutsali, MSc

Master's programme: Drug Innovation
Current position: PhD candidate Leiden University Medical Center

Elena Daoutsali (1991) obtained her Bachelor degree on molecular biology and genetics at Democritus University of Thrace, Greece in 2014. Early on in her bachelor study she was interested to see how research is conducted in a lab, so in parallel with her courses and lectures she joined a lab to start off her lab practice, learning about molecular cloning techniques. Knowing that research is more respected and better-funded abroad than in her country, she chose to do her Master studies in Pharmaceutical Sciences at Utrecht University from 2014-2016, in the program Drug Innovation. Excited from all the theoretical knowledge she gained from the Master program on drug discovery and development and the practical experience from the two research internships on different neurodegenerative diseases she continued with her PhD in Leiden University Medical Center, in the NeuroD group led by Dr. Willeke van Roon-Mom. Her research focuses on the development of an RNA targeting therapy for Dutch-type Cerebral Amyloid Angiopathy (D-CAA). In parallel, she is also interested in in vitro 3D disease modelling. Currently, she is culturing cerebral organoids that are grown from patient-derived induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs) and will be used for disease modelling and unravelling the molecular mechanism of the disease as well as therapy testing. Being on the 4th year of the PhD and towards the finishing line reminds her of being towards the end of the Master study and thinking what to do next. As stressful as it might be, these are also exciting times!

Start date and time
28 May 2020 16:00
End date and time
28 May 2020 17:00
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