Beyond the scientist: Loes Derikx


Where and when were you born?

I was born and raised in Neer, a small village in the south of the Netherlands, on April 12, 1984.

 Where do you live and with whom?

I have been living in ‘s-Hertogenbosch for six years now, together with Rob.

 Who was your role model when you were a kid?

I think I admired specific characteristics in different people, rather than looking up to one person in particular. I did, and still do, admire people who come up with creative and simple solutions to seemingly difficult problems.

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

Inspired by those people I challenge myself to creatively solve problems, but there is always room for improvement..

 What is the thing in your (work or other) history that you are most proud of?

While finishing my PhD thesis, we have set up a multicentre study. It aims at clinical implementation of the model we validated in my thesis. To prepare the study I had a lot of discussion with clinicians and clinical physicists, which greatly extended and consolidated my professional network. Not only did I learn (more) about the pathology that we study and the techniques we use; I especially learned a lot about how things work in clinical practice. Such a multidisciplinary network is, I think, very important in translational research.

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

I hope that the computer models developed and validated in our lab will develop into a clinical tool that is safe (obviously), cost-efficient and user-friendly.

 For what can we wake you up?

For a hiking trip in a rural, preferably hilly or mountainous area.

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

I run about three times a week, I like cooking and hand crafting. I am not supergood in any of these hobbies, but I do like to spend time on it to gradually improve myself.

 What is your biggest irritation?

People that cunningly pass their own responsibilities to others.

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

Actually, I’d rather invite myself for dinner at a good restaurant. I love cooking and I am quite able to follow recipes, but I would love to extend my basic cooking skills and knowledge so that I can come up with creatively dressed dishes myself. Hence, I would love to be invited to the kitchen of such restaurant, to assist the cook in preparing a great dinner.


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