A personal touch of Guus Leijte

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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: Guus Leijte






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Guus Leijte, Dutch, MD, PhD candidate at the Intensive Care Department, research on sepsis-induced immunoparalysis, 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. 
I always wanted to become a self-made carpenter and didn’t want to learn at primary school. Fortunately, my parents thought otherwise and obliged me to go to secondary school.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?
I started my career by studying Technical Medicine at the University of Twente. I really liked the theoretical part, but missed the satisfaction of directly helping people. So after the first year of the Master, I switched to study Medicine at the University of Groningen. In hindsight, having a (more or less) technical background has always been a benefit during Medicine, so for me it was the perfect path!

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you?
As a MD you’re primarily trained to recognize and treat disease, fundamentals on cellular biology are kind of lacking in the medical programme. In my opinion it’s very valuable to, at least for some dedicated years, broaden your view by studying on the mechanisms underlying these disorders.

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
Peter Pickkers, he’s an example for many on how to combine busy clinical practices with extended research activities (and I have my performance evaluation this month)

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud?
I recently found out that the last row in Excel is 1048576. Soon, I will generate some serious scientific output!

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
Sepsis trials have been negative for almost 40 years now, mostly because of its heterogeneous population. I would like to perform a huge cohort study at Dutch ICUs to evaluate all the (very expensive) –omics stuff in order to implement individual immune status as a guidance for treatment.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
It’s clean and organized, I hate a chaotic desk. Especially when my neighbour puts his shoes on my desk.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Remi Beunders, can you tell us something about your role playing trauma?

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?                                : Mac
b) Theater or cinema?                  : Theater
c) Dine out or dine in?                  : 14/86%
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Fiets
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : Neither
f) Culture or Nature                       : Nature

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