A Personal Touch of Mariska Kerstholt

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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: Mariska Kerstholt






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Mariska Kerstholt, Dutch, PhD candidate at the department of Experimental Internal 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 kid I wanted to be a animal doctor, when I was a little older I wanted to be a human doctor and now I just want to get my Doctorate :-) 

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study?
I started out in Medicine, but towards the end of my Bachelor I found out that although I was fascinated by the origins of disease, I didn't really enjoy working with patients. Therefore, after finishing my Bachelor I switched to the Master Biomedical Sciences.

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
For me it is the reason why I switched studies, as I wanted to focus more on the biological/molecular aspect than the clinical aspect of disease. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why. 
I don't necessarily have one great example, I try to get a little inspiration from all the people I work with.

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
Using metabolome analysis, we have found that Borrelia burgdorferi (the causative agent of Lyme disease) causes specific metabolic changes in white blood cells, which seem to persist for a considerable amount of time and may strongly influence their function. 

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
A complete mapping of metabolomic, genomic and functional/clinical data in Lyme patients. This would allow us to correlate metabolic changes to genetic traits as well as to the inflammatory response and disease outcome. 

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)? 
When I'm in the middle of writing or doing literature study, my desk can become a complete mess. But at the end of each day, I try to stack up everything in neat piles, so it at least seems organized... 

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Yvette Sloot, do you rather work with people (patients/healthy volunteers) or with cells?

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:

a) Mac or PC?                                : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                 : Theater
c) Dine out or dine in?                 : Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Fiat
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?    : Chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature                      : Nature


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