Professional content creation
May 2020 - present Fishawack (Knutsford)
I currently work as a medical writer. I spend most of my time writing publications or conference materials, but I also provide conference cover at times. I really enjoy diving into study results and being able to showcase these in the clearest way possible within the context of the current understanding of the therapy area. I mainly work on one therapy area but have also gotten the chance to work on a few projects in other therapy areas, which has been great. I think I am growing a preference for primary manuscripts as I enjoy getting a detailed understanding of a study. However, working on posters and infographics has allowed me to think a bit about graphic design every now and then, which I have enjoyed as well.
May 2018 -
          Sept. 2019
Linguamatics (Cambridge)
I worked as a Technical Author on user documentation, mainly the user manual of an advanced software product for natural language processing text mining. This included updating and editing the user manual as well as writing new content for it, updating release notes, and creating screen captures and relevant examples to illustrate new features. I also created and maintained several internal wiki pages that revolve around documentation, and I have been able to provide language support as well (for Dutch).
Oct. 2017 -
          Febr. 2018
BioStrata, Histon (Cambridge)
Science writer creating various types of marketing content on life science and technology. This included a book chapter, blog posts, and web copy.



Education
2012 - 2016
PhD in Chemistry, University of Cambridge (awarded in 2017).
2009 - 2011
Research Master Medical Biology, University of Amsterdam (MSc. diploma 2011).
2007 - 2009
Bachelor BioMedical Sciences, University of Amsterdam (BSc. diploma 2009).
2006 - 2007
Bachelor BioMedical Sciences, Utrecht University (continued in Amsterdam).
2005 - 2006
Bachelor in Fashion Design, University of the Arts Utrecht (HKU) (no diploma).





Volunteering & Teaching
2021 - present The Access Project
I volunteer to tutor an A-level student in Biology to help them improve their grade. This builds on some earlier experience I have as a tutor, and I really enjoy being able to help bright teens achieve their best in science.
2018 - present BioMakespace
I create content for this community laboratory. So far, I have conducted interviews with members and interns to learn who they are and what they are doing at the space.
2014 - 2015 Cambridge University Nanotechnology Society
As a Committee Member I designed and maintained the website, photographed events, and updated social media.
2013 - 2014 Cambridge University Astronomical Society
I was Webmaster for a year. Activities included: maintaining the website, designing several promotional materials, photographing events and editing/designing the printed newsletter (Neptune).
2011 - 2012 Stockholm Student Union
I volunteered as an English tutor to help students with academic writing and general conversation skills.
2010 Department of Anatomy and Embryology, AMC, Amsterdam
Volunteering as a Teaching assistant teaching early embryology to undergraduate students combined with a study on student characteristics and test performance.



Publications
2018 van der Wateren IM, Knowles TPJ, Buell AK, Dobson CM, Galvagnion C (2018) C-terminal truncation of a-synuclein promotes amyloid fibril amplification at physiological pH. Chem. Sci. 2018, 9, 5506. doi: 10.1039/c8sc01109e
2014
Tark-Dame M, Jerabek H, Manders EMM, van der Wateren IM, Heermann DW, van Driel R (2014) Depletion of the Chromatin Looping Proteins CTCF and Cohesin Causes Chromatin Compaction: Insight into Chromatin Folding by Polymer Modelling. PLoS Comput Biol 10(10):e1003877. doi:10.1371/journal.pcbi.1003877



Specialised courses and training
2021
The 'Safeguarding Children - Level 1' course through The Access Project.
2021
Plain English Campaign course 'Plain English reports'.
2021
LinkedIn course 'Writing in Plain English'.
2018
HubSpot Academy courses: Inbound, Email Marketing, and Content Marketing.
2013
FEBS-EMBO advanced lecture course: Biomembranes; molecular architecture, dynamics and function, Cargèse, Corsica, FR. Poster presentation
2011
Postgraduate course ‘The 3’ end of the gene’, Stockholm University, Stockholm, SE.



Research projects
2012 - 2016
Department of Chemistry, University of Cambridge
PhD research in protein misfolding and aggregation. Supervisor: Prof. Dr. Dobson.
2012
Department of Immunology, Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm
Research topic:  Aberattions in the innate immune system and  correlation with symptoms in patients with fibromyalgia, under supervision of Prof. Dr.  Sverremark Ekström, Prof. Dr. Severinson and Dr. Bileviciute-Ljungar.
2011 - 2012
Department of Cell Biology, Wenner-Gren Institute, Stockholm
Research topic: The role of the SWI/SNF chromatin remodelling complex in alternative splicing, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Östlund Farrants.
2010 - 2011
Nuclear Organisation Group, SILS, University of Amsterdam
Thesis: The role of cohesin in chromatin folding in the human interphase  
nucleus, under supervision of Dr. Tark-Dame and Dr. van Driel.
2009 - 2010
Department of Medical Biochemistry, AMC, University of Amsterdam
Thesis: Role of programmed necrosis and glycosphingolipids in the   development of insulin resistance, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Verhoeven.
2009
Department of Pathology, AMC, University of Amsterdam
Thesis: Concordance of HER2 status between primary breast cancer and  
corresponding distant metastases using IHC and CISH, under supervision of Prof. Dr.  van de Vijver.



Awards
2015
Darwin College conference grant for EBSA2015 (£ 150).
2015
EBSA congres bursary for EBSA2015 (€ 400).
2013
Boehringer Ingelheim Stiftung conference grant for FEBS-EMBO advanced lecture course:
Biomembranes; molecular architecture, dynamics and function (€ 400).



Conferences, meetings & symposia
2016 BBS symposium 'Protein-protein interactions, self-assembly and aggregation', Dec. 15, London, UK.
2015
Annual ‘Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases’ meeting, Nov. 9-11, Cambridge, UK. Short talk
2015
EBSA2015, July 18-22, Dresden, DE. Short talk + Poster presentation
2014
Annual ‘Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases’ meeting, Nov. 3-4, Cambridge, UK. Short talk
2014
Protein Structure, Protein Evolution, June 2-3, Stockholm, SE.
2014
Biophysics of Amyloids and Prions, May 25-26, Naples, IT. Poster presentation
2013 Annual ‘Centre for Protein Misfolding Disease’ meeting, Nov. 4-5, Cambridge, UK. Short talk
2013 FOM Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Sept. 30-Oct. 1, Veldhoven, NL.
2013
Physics of Living Matter 8, Sept. 19-20, Cambridge, UK.
2013
I held a lunch-time seminar at Darwin College, Cambridge, UK.
2013
Protein misfolding in disease: molecular processes and translational research toward therapy, April 13-17, Roscoff, FR. Poster presentation
2013
Oxford Symposium on Rare Diseases: 2013. Protein Misfolding and Aggregation, Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, Oxford, UK.
2012
Molecular Chaperone Club Meeting, Dec. 17, Cambridge, UK.
2012
Annual Dobson Group meeting, Nov. 5-6, Cambridge, UK.
2012
B-cell day at Karolinska Institute, June 19, Stockholm, SE.
2012
Prion2012, May 9-12, Amsterdam, NL.
2011
PhD day Schools of Biology, Dec. 20, Stockholm University, SE.
2011
FOM Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Oct. 3-4, Veldhoven, NL.
2011
Wenner-Gren Institute Day, Sept. 15, Stockholm, SE.
2011
‘Actin and actin-associated proteins, from genes to polysomes’, Sept. 7-10, Stockholm, SE.
2011
Swammerdam Institute for Life Sciences research day, June 10, Amsterdam, NL.
2011 Second ‘Physics of the Genome’ meeting, Feb. 3, Delft, NL.
2010 - 2011
Dutch Royal Academy of Sciences biophysics meetings, NL.
2010
Dutch chromatin meeting Chromo8, Oct. 26, Leiden, NL.
2010
FOM Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Oct.4-5, Veldhoven, NL. Poster presentation