Professional content creation
June 2021 -
         June 2022
Meridian HealthComms (Manchester)
I worked as a medical writer. I divided my time across different accounts creating different kinds of content, mainly scientific publications. I also got some experience in regulatory writing, something I was keen to try out.
May 2020 -
         June 2021
Fishawack (Knutsford)
I worked as a medical writer during which I spent most of my time writing publications or conference materials, but I also provided conference cover at times. I mainly worked 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 developed 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.

2023 - 2024
Undergraduate Diploma in Creativity Theory, History and Philosophy, Institute of Continuing Education at the University of Cambridge (part-time remote learning).
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 The Access Project
I volunteered to tutor an A-level student in Biology to help them improve their grade.
2018 - 2021 BioMakespace
I created content for this community laboratory. 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.

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
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
Adult Sewing (course: A7116) at Burnley College (one evening per week for ten weeks).
The 'Safeguarding Children - Level 1' course through The Access Project.
Plain English Campaign course 'Plain English reports'.
LinkedIn course 'Writing in Plain English'.
HubSpot Academy courses: Inbound, Email Marketing, and Content Marketing.
FEBS-EMBO advanced lecture course: Biomembranes; molecular architecture, dynamics and function, Cargèse, Corsica, FR. Poster presentation
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.
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.
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.

Darwin College conference grant for EBSA2015 (£ 150).
EBSA congres bursary for EBSA2015 (€ 400).
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.
Annual ‘Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases’ meeting, Nov. 9-11, Cambridge, UK. Short talk
EBSA2015, July 18-22, Dresden, DE. Short talk + Poster presentation
Annual ‘Centre for Protein Misfolding Diseases’ meeting, Nov. 3-4, Cambridge, UK. Short talk
Protein Structure, Protein Evolution, June 2-3, Stockholm, SE.
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.
Physics of Living Matter 8, Sept. 19-20, Cambridge, UK.
I held a lunch-time seminar at Darwin College, Cambridge, UK.
Protein misfolding in disease: molecular processes and translational research toward therapy, April 13-17, Roscoff, FR. Poster presentation
Oxford Symposium on Rare Diseases: 2013. Protein Misfolding and Aggregation, Jan. 31 – Feb. 1, Oxford, UK.
Molecular Chaperone Club Meeting, Dec. 17, Cambridge, UK.
Annual Dobson Group meeting, Nov. 5-6, Cambridge, UK.
B-cell day at Karolinska Institute, June 19, Stockholm, SE.
Prion2012, May 9-12, Amsterdam, NL.
PhD day Schools of Biology, Dec. 20, Stockholm University, SE.
FOM Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Oct. 3-4, Veldhoven, NL.
Wenner-Gren Institute Day, Sept. 15, Stockholm, SE.
‘Actin and actin-associated proteins, from genes to polysomes’, Sept. 7-10, Stockholm, SE.
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.
Dutch chromatin meeting Chromo8, Oct. 26, Leiden, NL.
FOM Molecular and Cellular Biophysics, Oct.4-5, Veldhoven, NL. Poster presentation