A Personal Touch of Anne Jansen

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Please learn more about colleagues in our "Personal Touch" series setting employees in the spotlight. A light-hearted manner to learn about the colleagues you know and those you don't!.

This week:  Anne Jansen






1. Name, nationality, current function & department?
Anne Jansen, Dutch, PhD student at the Dept. of  General Internal Medicine, theme: Infectious diseases and global health

2. When you were a child what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your childhood years?
As a child, I wanted to become a physician and I was also attracted by the idea of being a pharmacist. I my early teens, I loved reading and writing short stories and I got side-tracked a bit. However, I quickly changed my mind and chose science subjects over languages.  

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why did you choose that study/those studies? 
I studied Medicine at the Radboud University.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
To understand molecular mechanisms of disease, gives me the idea that we are unraveling fundamental issues in disease pathogenesis. This could potentially have a big impact on patients’ health and well being.

5. Which international scientist inspires/inspired you the most? Please give a motivation why.
I don’t really have a famous scientist as a great example.  I think some of the people at my  department have a very original, inspiring way of thinking about disease pathogenesis. Talking with them gets me excited to do more research every time.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
I have not done any great discovery, although the idea of contributing- even a little bit -  to a better  understanding of chronic Q fever makes me proud as well.  

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
With unlimited finance, I would create a large BSL3 laboratory in the Radboud University, so I can work with live Coxiella burnetii in all my experiments. I would also create facilities for high output data experiments.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Usually, my desk has a lot of papers and some empty coffee cups. Once in  a while, I make neat piles of still-to-read and I-might-need-these-someday papers. Although I like to keep some good articles close.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her? 
Intan Dewi!

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?:
b) Theater or cinema?:
c) Dine out or dine in?:
d) Ferrari or Fiat?:
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?:
Shopaholic as long as I have a daily minimum amount of chocolate
f) Culture or Nature:

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