A Personal Touch of Mieke Roeven

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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: Mieke Roeven 






1. Name & Nationality
Mieke Roeven Dutch

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
When I was a kid, I wanted to become a novelist and write books for children. Later, I wanted to become a journalist. In secondary school, I came to the conclusion that being a physician would suit me better. Currently, I still like writing and, even if scientific papers aren’t exactly books for children, I am happy that I found a way to write and be a physician.

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

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I am a physician specializing in internal medicine and hematology, besides I am a PhD student. In my research project we investigate novel cellular immunotherapies for patients with haematological malignancies. In the past two years, I worked in the laboratory of hematology where we developed an improved dendritic cell vaccine and an NK cell product.  Currently, I spend one day a week on my PhD project, which currently mainly concerns phase I clinical trials investigating NK cell en dendritic cell based immunotherapies. The rest of the week I work in the outpatient clinic of the internal medicine department.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
Although my career is not even that long,  I have seen the introduction of new therapies which make a real difference for patients. Most of these therapies were developed as a result of increased knowledge of the molecular and cellular mechanisms behind the disease. Therefore, for me, “understanding the moleculair mechanisms of disease” means hope for a longer life and reduced suffering for people with diseases which are currently incurable.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
I think that physicians with knowledge about and experience in cellular and molecular research are essential to bring new therapies to the patients. Therefore, I want to become such a physician and be able to contribute to the introduction of new therapies in the clinic.

7. What is your dream for the future?
I want to become a hematologist contributing to the translation of preclinical to clinical research. 

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 have owned 5 gold fishes, but they never survived longer than 4 weeks
B: I have played hockey for seven years, but I never scored a goal
C: I danced salsa but broke my ankle during the first performance

Correct answer will be revealed to readers in the subsequent edition.


Correct answer of Mani Diba: A

A: I used to play a Persian musical instrument for more than 10 years.
B: I usually drink a beer with my lunch.
C: I am the nephew of the former Queen of Persia.

State an interesting/obscure fact about yourself together with two that are false.


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