Online Life Sciences Career Event

webinar with alumni who will tell you more about their jobs


During the Life Sciences Career Event 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.


16:00Start and introduction
16:05Andreia Duarte
16:30Tom van den Brule

About Andreia Duarte

Born and raised in Lisbon I was from early on curious about how the world works, including us humans. I have pursued a Bachelor in Biology followed by a Master in Medical Biochemistry, where I developed my drive to research human diseases. After working on cystic fibrosis, colorectal cancer and malaria during the first years after my studies, I have finally decided on the organ I was most fascinated about: the brain. I moved to the Netherlands in 2017, where I joined the UMC Utrecht to study the role of non-coding RNAs in brain pathology, such as epilepsy, SMA and ALS. After obtaining my doctoral degree in 2022, I joined an exciting biotech (start-up) company, VectorY, as a Scientist. Currently, I am involved in the preclinical studies for novel therapeutic strategies against ALS.

About Tom van den Brule

During my master program, I wanted to experience the difference between research in academia and industry. I learned during my internship in industry that it is beneficial to have a PhD to reach the more challenging R&D positions. After my PhD, I joined the microbiology team at Unilever R&D Nutrition & Ice Cream as a microbiological modeller. In my role I am responsible for microbiological risk assessments of The Vegetarian Butcher products to ensure that they are microbiologically safe until the end of their shelf-life. In addition, I am involved in various preservation projects as data scientist. 


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