Beyond the scientist: Bart Kiemeney

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Beyond the scientist: Bart Kiemeney








Where and when were you born?

Hilvarenbeek, on a sunny summer Sunday (okay, in 1960)

Where do you live and with whom?

In Haps, 20 kilometers south of Nijmegen. With my wife Claire and my son Jan, although one of them is moving soon to Nijmegen …. My two daughters also live in Nijmegen. 

Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I don’t think I had one when I was a kid. In my early career it was Roland Plasterk. I admired him because he was such a great multi-tasker. A renowned scientist and director of the Hubrecht lab, a writer and politically engaged.    

Why aren’t you doing the same thing now as your role model (or do you?)

Because I am not so bright as he is, although I am not sure he did the right thing when he decided to leave the Hubrecht for a political career in the Hague.  

What is the thing in your work history that you are most proud of?

I was the first to report a huge genome-wide association study of bladder cancer (in Nature Genetics) together with our colleagues in Reykjavik. There was a strong competition between MD Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, the U.S. National Cancer Institute and us. We won, against all odds.    

What is it that you would like to achieve in work in the next 5 to 10 years?

Lots of things. It would be great to unravel the genetic susceptibility of bladder cancer. I also would be very proud to see the Radboud Institute for Health sciences being one of the most highly regarded research institutes on an international scale.   

For what can we wake you up?

Carrot cake

What is your hobby and how good are you at it?  

Cycling. No talent whatsoever, unfortunately. I kind of compensate with character and like to challenge myself with 300 kilometer trips like Milan-San Remo, Paris-Roubaix, and the Tour de France (3600 km in three weeks).

 What is your biggest irritation?

The enormous amount of litter in the wayside.

Who would you like to invite for dinner, if you had the chance?

Jennifer Aniston

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