A personal touch of Danique Hof

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This week: Danique Hof






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Danique Hof, Dutch, PhD candidate, Department of Biochemistry, theme Reconstructive and regenerative medicine.

2. When you were a kid what did you want to be when you grew up? Can you tell us something about your child years. 
As a child, I didn’t really know what I want to be, maybe something with animals or a creative profession. I definitely didn’t want to be a doctor, because operations on TV made me feel sick. During secondary school, I became interested in science. 

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I have studied Molecular Life Sciences, with a specialization in biomedical research, at the Wageningen University and Research centre. I was interested in biomedical research, however I wanted to avoid the anatomical dissection practicals at Biomedical Sciences. Furthermore, this study provided me with a strong background in chemistry, biology and physics and allowed me to “think out of the box”. I believe that interdisciplinary research will be the key to understand and tackle diseases. 

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
By better understanding of the mechanisms underlying diseases we can develop new therapeutic strategies. In my case, this will be regenerating the lost alveolar tissue in COPD patients. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
I have always admired Leonardo da Vinci, because of his great talent in both arts and science. 

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
Currently, I don’t have any big discoveries, but I’m celebrating every small victory when I overcome a technical problem.

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
I would start with buying my own mass spectrometer and setting up my own isotope labelled peptide library to determine the extracellular matrix composition in COPD lung. Furthermore, I think it would be great when we could build our own lung-on-a-chip-device as an in vitro model for COPD.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
That often fluctuates during the week. The amount of paper will grow during the week, on Friday I clean it up and next Monday I can make a mess again. Generally, there are also a lot of sticky notes lying around with things I shouldn’t forget or to-do lists. I guess it means I try to order my own chaotic thoughts. This also applies to my research. I perform a lot of different pilot experiments and when I have established the optimal condition, I can work really focused.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Lars Daamen, he is a new PhD student at our department.  

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:

a) Mac or PC?                                : PC
b) Theater or cinema?                  : Both
c) Dine out or dine in?                 : Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Neither
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : Chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature                       : Both


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