A Personal Touch of Duby Ballak

Ballak , Duby

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This week: Duby Ballak






1. Name & Nationality
Dov (Duby) Ballak, Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was young I wanted to be an astronomer. I read all the books in the library. When I realized that for this job one would have to work mainly by night, I suddenly found the microscrope more interesting than the telescope.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Biomedical Sciences in Nijmegen (Bachelor & Master) and did a Major in Human Pathobiology & Human Movement Sciences

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
Currently, I am a PhD student. In the end of the year I will go to the Colorado for a postdoctoral fellowship. I hope this will be a fine start of a long academic career. However, if for some reason I will have to quit science afterwards, there are many other things that I would find interesting to do. Since that list is quite long, I will only mention 1 thing: My twin-brother and I are both really into pole-vaulting & decathlon. It would be fantastic if we could build a pole-vault & decathlon school from scratch and coach talented athletes at big international championships.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you? 
For me this was also the reason why I studied Biomedical Sciences. I think the best way to understand disease is to study it in a molecular-mechanistic way. In my opinion, only then it is possible to start working on treatments / therapies. I am studying the role of the immune system during low-grade inflammation in obesity and type 2 diabetes. When we understand the immens complex network of cytokines, intracellular kinases, white blood cells, etc., than I hope it will be easier to find solutions for people who suffer from metabolic diseases.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
Reveiling the unknown.

7. What is your dream for the future?
The Netherlands becoming world champion in soccer/football. (we will probably have to wait a loooooooooooong time.)

8. Fun-facts. State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false? Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.
A: I dye my hair, therefore my hair is less red than my twin-brother's hair.
B: My name means "bear".
C: My name means "beer".


Correct answer of Hans Jacobs: B

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false?
A: Two people named Hans Jacobs work at the Radboudumc. I was recently mistakenly invited for a lunch at restaurant 'Valdin'. I went and enjoyed a great lunch.
B: During a pursuit-scene next to the RIMLS-building for a PhD graduation movie, our video-shoot was interrupted by concerned Radboud Security Staff.
C: I hope to be able to switch gears in the near future and have my breakthrough as a professional dancer.


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