A personal touch of Eric Verschuren

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This week: Eric Verschuren






1. Name, nationality, current function, department & theme?
Eric Verschuren, PhD candidate at the Department of Physiology, theme Renal Disorders. 

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 kid I was, and still am, fascinated about many aspects of history, architecture, medicine and biology. At first I wanted to be a historian, later a medical doctor and finally an architect. However, I already had 3 brothers studying that. I guess 3 architects in the family was enough and I decided to study Biology instead, which I don’t regret.

3. What was your previous academic training, where did you study and why that study? 
My previous study was Medical Biotechnology at the Wageningen University. I chose this study since I really wanted to focus on basic science, with a clear focus on molecular biology and biochemistry.   

4. The RIMLS motto is ‘to understand molecular mechanisms of disease’: Today’s molecules for tomorrow’s medicine. What does this mean for you? 
For me this is quite fitting, I aim to contribute in basic science and hopefully my findings can be translated, one way or another, into practice. 

5. Who is your great example as scientists? And please give a motivation why.
I don’t have any scientist as a great example, but sure there are and were many great scientists. For me personally, a person like Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX) is a great example in terms of enthusiasm and ambition. 

6. Which research discovery that you have made has made you most proud? 
I am usually proud of things I create from the ground up, this can be a wooden chair I made from basic planks or in the case of my scientific work: tools I create to perform my research. I find it so amazing to create molecular tools using DNA editing techniques and, in turn, seeing these tools work and contribute towards my research is what makes me feel proud. 

7. Given unlimited finance what experiment would you perform?
With unlimited funds… I don’t think I’d perform one specific experiment. I would hire other enthusiastic open-minded people (from any area or educational level you might think of) and work together on any topic relevant for the health and progress of human kind. 

8. What does your working area (desk, office) look like and what does it say about you (or your research)?
Some important papers related to my current research, some notes with tasks, a notebook and my laptop. I think only my notebook really says something about my research, or myself, since all my scientific thoughts, ideas and some personal notes are in there. 

9. Nominate a colleague to be in the spotlight and what would you like to ask him or her?
Francisco Arjona. While you say you grew up in Cordoba, Spain. I have heard you are, in fact, born and raised in the region Catalonia and that you have very nationalistic feelings for Catalonia, is it true? 

10. What type of person are you, quick insights:
a) Mac or PC?                               : Using both, prefer PC
b) Theater or cinema?                   : Cinema
c) Dine out or dine in?                   : Both
d) Ferrari or Fiat?                          : Neither
e) Shopaholic or chocoholic?        : Chocoholic
f) Culture or Nature                        : Both


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