A Personal Touch of René Raavé


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This week: René Raavé






1. Name & Nationality
René Raavé, Dutch.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
I wanted to be a F-16 fighter-jet pilot.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied biomedical sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen. During my master I did internships at the National Institute for Health and the Environment and at the Boston University School of Medicine.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
PhD student at the department of biochemistry. With my current project I would like to achieve a scientific contribution to the field of targeted drug delivery for ovarian cancer treatment.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
With novel insights in disease related molecular mechanisms, new therapies may become available that eventually will help patients, but can also serve as a platform for new research. This may help my research by discovering new targets for specific delivery of chemotherapeutics by drug delivery systems.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
The biggest motivation is that I may ever help someone with my research.

7. What is your dream for the future?
I would like to be a leading scientist in an industrial or academic setting. Next to that I would like to visit as many countries as my age counts. As I am only 26 now, I am still on track with 28 countries…

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: In my spare time I biochemically prepare special drinks
B: I only need 2-3 hours of sleep per night
C: One of my hobbies is to photograph different types of trains

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


Correct answer of Mohammad Alsady: A

A: I broke the same clavicle three times.
B: I am born in Nijmegen.
C: I am a good skydiver. 

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

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