A personal touch of Roel Tans

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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: Roel Tans






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Roel Tans, Dutch, PhD candidate at the Translational Metabolic Laboratory, theme inflammatory diseases doing biomarker research for Type II Diabetes.

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. 
 I used to like to play with Lego a lot when I was a kid. Building enormous structures, which made it impossible for my mom to clean my room.  So I always wanted to become an architect, which eventually changed as my interest in chemistry and biology grew during secondary school.  

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
I studied biomedical sciences, with a “specialization” in clinical molecular sciences, at Maastricht University. During my final years of secondary school, I really wanted to study chemistry. Eventually I found out that it was too much hardcore science for me and wanted something more biomedical/biochemistry related, hence the choice for biomedical sciences. I always had an interest in metabolic syndrome-related complications and especially the underlying complexity of molecular mechanisms. My internships were all related to metabolic syndrome-related complications, of which the first one was a clinical human study and the last one a truly molecular study were I looked at dietary-fructose induced hepatotoxicity. After an experience in both a clinical setting and a  laboratory setting I hoped to find a PhD project that provided translational research between the two (i.e clinical and molecular), which I eventually managed.

 4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’. What does this mean for you? 
Understanding our blueprint

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
Never thought of this one before. But if I really have to make a choice I go for Isaac Newton. Even though he had nothing to do with biomedical sciences, his laws on gravitation and motion is still accepted. Too bad I never understood physics that good, otherwise I might’ve studies that…

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
At the moment, every experiment that confirms my expectation makes me proud

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
 I thinks besides validating biomarkers for Type II Diabetes, I would like to study the biology of the biomarker on the molecular level and try to understand what makes this one so special.

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
 It has pile’s of papers (of which some still needs to be read), but the good news is that every pile is meant for one project. Some might say it is messy, but I can find my stuff on my desk.

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
 Daan Panneman. I would like to ask him if he can open and close the door of our office like a normal person ;:)

10. What type of person are you, quick insights

a) Mac or PC?                               :  Mac
b) Theatre or cinema?                  : Neither. Music concerts and festivals
c) Dine out or dine in?                  : Dine out
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Ferrari 
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?     : Shopaholic
f) Culture or Nature                       : Combination of both



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