A Personal Touch of Marloes Vissers

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This week: Marloes Vissers






1. Name & Nationality
My name is Marloes Vissers and I am from The Netherlands.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid I wanted to be a biologist and observe monkeys.  

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Biology at the Radboud University.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
At this point I am finishing my PhD project at the Laboratory of Pediatric Infectious Diseases. So what I would like to achieve in the short term is to get my final papers accepted into nice journals and to finish a thesis with an interesting and coherent story.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
It stands exactly for what I like about my work. I really enjoy finding out which mechanisms are at play during the host response against infections and finding out how these mechanisms work.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
What I really like about research is the puzzle you have to solve. Piece by piece getting closer to the answer of what is really happening during the host response.

7. What is your dream for the future?
My dream for the future is to further develop myself as an independent researcher, preferably in the field of immunology. Hopefully, I will find a nice postdoc position that will make this possible.

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: Deep down, I truly believe in unicorns!
B: I know it's supposed to be impossible…but I can lick my elbow. It's true!
C: I love to bring up faecal transplants during a party!




Correct answer of Jos Jansen: C

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false?
A: Has also a career as a professional chessboxer
B: Can sneeze and keep his eyes open at the same time
C: Was on the same train as Josef Stalin

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