A personal touch of Jolien Freriksen

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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: Jolien Freriksen






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
My name is Jolien Freriksen and I’m a PhD candidate at the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, 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 grew up in Borne with my parents and my younger sister. Borne is located in Twente, the part of the Netherlands well known because of its pronunciation of “cooolaaaa”. However, after 7 years living in Nijmegen, spending a lot of time with friends from the South parts of the Netherlands, you’ll barely hear the accent (in my opinion). Having no idea on what I wanted to be when I grew up, I enjoyed my childhood being broadly interested and having no worries about the future. 

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I choose to study Biomedical Sciences in Nijmegen, both the Bachelors and the Masters, which is a decision I’ve never regret. After studying the difference in creativity between right- and left handed people for a high school project, I’ve got interested in how the brain works and the differences between individuals. At that time, it made me decide that I wanted to dive into the field of Neuroscience. However, after studying the differences in thickness and strength between multiple hair colours, and looking at them through a microscope for another project, I realised that I could be made enthusiastic for almost everything. Biomedical Sciences sounded as the magic option to combine it all.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
My research project is mainly driven by understanding the mechanisms behind toxic effects of medications that we take intentionally to treat diseases. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
I don’t have a specific scientist in mind. Generally speaking, scientists with huge discoveries on their names, just because of their curiosity and often serendipity, are great examples. And of course the ones that show perseverance even when all experiments fail and those who also feel the importance of publishing negative results.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
During my final internship, which was also at the department of Pharmacology and Toxicology, I performed placental perfusion experiments and found out that there are differences in placental transport of drugs that mothers take during pregnancy. This knowledge is of great value to decide which drugs should or should not be prescribed during pregnancy.   

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform? 
Given not only unlimited finance, but also unlimited fantasy, it would be great to have the opportunity to get placentas at specific times, whenever desired, instead of waiting excitingly and being dependent on mother nature. This would make the lab life a bit more predictable. 

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Let me say, I’m using the space I have to the utmost with different stacks of papers/books/notes representing the research project parts I’m working on.   

9. You are nominated by Tonke Raaijmakers. What is your answer to her question?
Jolien Freriksen. Which version of the song ‘Jolene’ from Dolly Parton do you prefer: the normal or the slowed down version (33 rpm)? 
It’s a  is a difficult one, so I prefer the medium version (RPMI), which is somewhere in between. 

10. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Dorien Feyaerts, did you ever make a profile of your own NK cells? 

11. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?                               : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                 : Neither
c) Dine out or dine in?                 : Dine out (or dine in if somebody else cooks)
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Fiat (I love the one of Wendy van Eldijk)
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : Eating chocolate while shopping
f) Culture or Nature                       : Culture


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