MEET THE TEAM

Laurens

Marike

Michiel

Fopke

Wet Lab & Co-Lead

As a biomedical scientist, Fopke looks forward to come up with scientific ideas to make the world a better place. With her knowledge, problem-solving mindset and experience, she will contribute to the wet lab. Beyond the love for science, she loves to play music whenever she finds the time.

Illya

Wet & Dry Lab

Illya likes to help and motivate others using the outside of the box thinking and having fun in his life like a child while “breaking the rules”. He is a part of our wet and dry lab activities. Illya joined the team to solve important local and global problems by making science fiction a reality.

Ismaël

Outreach & Wet Lab

To steal all the secrets of mother nature and use them to solve the mysteries of life itself is what keeps this young Bioscience Engineer going! With his previous experiences, Ismaël is a perfect all-rounder. At the weekends you usually find him chilling on his couch with his five cats or turtle Zippy.

Finance & Business Relations

Laurens is a business engineering student who is attracted by the healthcare industry and in particular the biotech world. He looks forward to combining his passions for biotech and finance, working together with an amazing and motivated team to solve some real-life problems.

Robert

Outreach & Finance

As part of the iGEM outreach team and with a background in medicine, Marike’s goal is to enhance global health and knowledge in science. She’s continuously excited about working with the interdisciplinary team and expose the world to med-facts of the day.

Rosa

Outreach & Wet Lab

With a background in biochem and biotech, Michiel is fascinated by the molecular workings of a cell and how these can be engineered. Michiel is currently pursuing a master’s in education with the hope of combining research and outreach in the future.

Roy

Wet Lab

Wet Lab

Team Lead

A Biology student from Ireland who will be mainly working on the wet lab aspect of our iGEM project. An early riser and fitness enthusiast, Robert is a fan of routines and maintaining a consistent work ethic. He hopes to support his teammates with cheer and motivation when the going gets tough.

Sarah

Outreach & Wet Lab

With her background in microbiology and synthetic biology, Rosa is looking forward to contributing to this year’s iGEM wet lab team. She is fascinated by the natural complexity of biological systems, the more we understand these systems, the betterwe’re able to engineer them to create solutions to global challenges we face today.

Sybren

Wet & Dry Lab

As the team lead, Roy likes to make sure everything is running in order. With a background in Biochemistry, Biotechnology and Biomedical Engineering, he likes to find creative, but realistic solutions to problems in the healthcare and life sciences industries. Beyond that, he likes to spend his time with his Bass and watch Manchester United win.

Viktoriia (Vika)

Wet Lab

Building a brand-new biotechnological project from the ground up and investigating its far-reaching implications in the world intrigues this next enthusiastic member of the team. On top of that, she is a volunteer at an exchange organization to help prepare the next generation of exchange students

With his background in Biochem and statistics, Sybren loves the fundamental complexity of biological processes and their experimental unravelling. He loves to convey data graphically in the most aesthetically pleasing way possible. In his next life, he would like to be an octopus.

As a Biochem and Biotech student, Viktoriia will help the team bring a product from an idea on paper to a real working biological system. Finding the right tools and methods to bring our ideas to life while working in a team of amazing people from diverse backgrounds is what excites her the most.

Anthony

Product Design & Wiki

As an outgoing and social person, Anthony prefers to accomplish challenging goals in team. He has a background in physics and business, while he is now studying a master’s in bio-nanotechnology. Anthony will be contributing mainly to the dry lab, wiki and product design parts, where he will use his 3D-modelling and problem-solving skills.

Aparna

Product Design & Dry Lab

Motivated to make meaningful contributions to the field of healthcare, Aparna believes healthy people are happy people. As a biomedical engineering student, Aparna will be a part of the KU Leuven iGEM team’s dry lab and product design, showcasing her talent for creative solutions.

Dries (and Yuki)

Dry Lab & Product Design

Solving complex puzzles is one of the most exhilarating things to do according to Dries. Luckily iGEM is all about solving interesting biological conundrums. With a background in biochemistry and computer science, Dries is the In Silico support for the KU Leuven iGEM team.

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