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Postdoctoral Researcher in the Conservation of Endangered Species, University of Oxford

I obtained my veterinary degree at the University of Ghent (Belgium) in 2011. Selected by the FWO (Research Foundation Flanders) for a PhD grant, I worked on cumulus expansion and in vitro maturation of porcine oocytes.

During a post-doctoral position (JSPS fellowship) at the National Agriculture and Food Research Organisation (NARO) in Tsukuba (Japan), we improved the efficacy of in vitro embryo production from vitrified oocytes.

Since 2017 I worked for almost two years on embryonic and juvenile lethal mutations, ATAC-seq analyses, and GWAS analyses in the team of Prof. Dr. M. Georges in Liège (Belgium).

To be prepared to actively contribute to the global efforts for sustainable development, I also completed successfully the course organized by Enabel, the Belgian development agency.

Embryology, cryopreservation and genetics were top priorities for me in my long-term vision to work on endangered species. I am now a post-doctoral researcher in the Rhino Fertility Project under the supervision of Dr. S. Williams. The aim of this project is to further our understanding of rhinoceros follicle development using fixed ovarian tissues and to develop techniques to develop rhinoceros eggs from cryopreserved ovarian tissues. Helping the rhino is helping the environment, the wildlife and the people.

Experience

  • –present
    Post-doctoral researcher in the conservation of endangered species, University of Oxford

Education

  • 2015 
    University of Ghent, Belgium, PhD in Veterinary Medicine