Technician – Lab for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology and Stem cell Transplantation (UGent, UZGent)
Principal investigator: prof. Tim Lammens (PhD)
Pediatric cancer is the most common cause of disease-related death in children. Cure rates have significantly improved over the last years, but therapy-related late effects are still a common problem. Our goal is to contribute to increase the cure rates of pediatric cancer and decrease the therapy-related late effects within survivors. We focus on various pediatric cancer types, like ALL, AML, MDS, JMML, LBL and NB.
My main task is to collect, process and store bone marrow, blood and liquid biopsies, taken in the context of clinical studies, to create an extensive biobank for pediatric cancer research. The samples are either residual material that remain after diagnostic examination or material that is collected prospectively for use in research.
Secondary I contribute to several research projects arising from clinical studies or projects in collaboration with PhD students or other students, by performing flowcytometry, nucleic acid and protein extractions, RT-qPCR and other techniques related to our projects. Additionally I provide assistance to maintain cell cultures for use in research.
I obtained a Bachelor in Medical Laboratory Technology (KaHo Sint-Lieven, 2011).
As of September 2011, I’m a cancer research technician at the Lab for Pediatric Hematology-Oncology.
I have experience in isolation of mononuclear cells from peripheral blood and bone marrow, nucleic acid extractions from tissues and body fluids, nucleic acid quality control, RT-qPCR and cell culture.
- ‘Long non-coding RNAs in pluripotent stem cell biology’. The Veterinary quarterly, 2013. (PMID: 24256470)