A Personal Touch of Rianne Hendriks

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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: Rianne Hendriks






1. Name & Nationality
Rianne Hendriks, Dutch, theme: Urological cancers.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up?
First I wanted to become a teacher, I especially liked the idea of learning children how to read because I loved to read books. However, this changed after my mother gave me an anatomy book, because I kept asking about how the human body worked. This curiousity and fascination for the human body, healthy or diseased, continued and I decided I wanted to become a medical doctor.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study?
I studied Medicine in Groningen and did my internships (co-schappen) in the hospitals of Groningen, Deventer, Mangochi (Malawi) and Zwolle.

4. What is your current function and what would you like to achieve?
I am now working as a MD, PhD-student at the department of Urology and Experimental Urology. My work focuses on the discovery and clinical validation of biomarkers in urological cancers, e.g. prostate cancer and renal cancer. A lot of research has been done considering biomarkers for diagnostics and prognostics in oncology, however this has not been translated into clinical practice. As a medical doctor, I hope to bridge this gap and put discoveries from research into daily use. Finally, I want to become a urologist myself.

5. The RIMLS motto is 'to understand molecular mechanisms of disease'. What does this mean for you?
With a better understanding of molecular mechanisms of disease we can develop new diagnostic methods and therapies for a number of diseases. I hope that I can use the knowledge we obtain in the RIMLS laboratories in the future in daily clinical practice to improve the (quality of) life of patients.

6. What is the biggest motivation in your work?
When working in clinical practice you sometimes encounter situations that raise an interesting (research) question, e.g. clinical unmet needs. In my opinion, research is the key to find answers to these questions and I hope I can contribute on a solution with my work.

7. What is your dream for the future?
In the next five years I hope to successfully obtain my PhD and enter the residency program in Urology. Besides, I want to see as much of the world as possible and keep on enjoying cooking and delicious food with the ones I love.

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 am a bit of a technology freak, especially when it comes to gadgets like smartphones.
B: I have five sisters and their birthdays are all in two weeks time
C: I am a terrible loser, often people don’t want to play a game with me for the second time.

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


Correct answer of Luuk Versteegden : C

A: I like to go to karaoke-bars because I am a very talented singer.
B: Last year I completed the Four Days Marches in Nijmegen.
C: When I am on holiday I like to climb mountain passes by bike.

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


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