A personal touch of Christopher Geven

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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: Christopher Geven






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Christopher Geven, Dutch, PhD candidate, Dept. of Intensive Care Medicine, theme Infectious diseases and global health

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your child years. 
When I was a young boy, I was already telling people I wanted to become a medical doctor. Biology was my favourite subject in school and I was never scared of blood. The anatomy and physiology of humans and animals has always captivated me.

 3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I studied Medicine in Nijmegen and worked as an ICU resident for 1 year.

 4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
Translational research is important, as many diseases (such as sepsis) are incredibly complex. By using standardized models of inflammation we are able to study the pathophysiology of sepsis and evaluate immunomodulatory therapies. I am currently studying a new sepsis drug that shows promising results in preclinical studies. Further unravelling the molecular aspects and mechanisms of action of this drugis challenging but essential in obtaining more knowledge.

 5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
Dr. Joseph Bell (1837-1911) was a Scottish surgeon and lecturer at the University of Edinburgh. He was known for using a combination of meticulous observations and logical reasoning to reach his conclusions. He formed the inspiration for Arthur Conan Doyles ‘Sherlock Holmes’. I try to mimic this method in my scientific work.

 6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
I am currently analyzing results of my first studies, no big discoveries (yet).

 7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
Vascular leakage is a major problem in some critically ill patients. Disruption of the endothelial barrier leads to increased permeability and edema formation. Unfortunately, much is unknown about the pathophysiology and no therapies currently exist to counter this phenomena in humans. Given unlimited finance, I would like to study underlying mechanisms and develop new therapies using translational models.

 8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Usually pretty neat and organized, which reflects my perfectionist personality. Although my neighbour sometimes complains about my shoes on his desk (he is afraid of E. Coli).

 9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
 I would like to nominate my colleague Guus Leijte. Can you buy me a 1kg easter egg, a fishing rod and a Cuban cigar?

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?  
Both, in perfect harmony
b) Theatre or cinema?
c) Dine out or dine in?
Dine out, horrible cook
d) Ferrari or Fiat?
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?
Neither, whiskeyholic and chocolonely
f) Culture or Nature?
Nature (I love to be outdoors, whether it is running, cycling, photographing or freediving)



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