Role models Role models

What to do after your PhD or postdoc? What career options are there? What motivated other PhDs to choose for a particular career path? How do they like it and what skills do they consider important?

We lined up some role-models to inspire you. We are continuously extending this selection for careers in the life sciences or STEM, whether it is academia, industry, government, non-profit etc.

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Gwen Soete PhD

Scientific Advisor at Health Council of the Netherlands (Gezondheidsraad)

My background is in fundamental research: my PhD research was at the Hubrecht Institute and my postdoctoral research at the Max Planck Institute for Cell Biology and Genetics. I eventually became less focused on questions in research and more interested in how science is embedded in society. As a result, I co-initiated the postdoc career day at the Max Planck.


Giovanna Jaramillo Gutierrez PhD

European Public Health Microbiology fellow at RIVM-Lab for infectious diseases/European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Giovanna studied Molecular Biology at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (ULB). She pursued her PhD research on parasite-vector interactions at the Laboratory of Malaria and Vector research, US National Institute of Health (NIH), Washington DC.


Wouter Eijgelaar PhD

Consultant Subsidies and Funding at DDF Services

After obtaining his Master of Science degree in biological health sciences at Maastricht University in 2005, Wouter continued his career as a PhD-student at the Experimental Pathology Lab Maastricht at the Maastricht University Medical Center (MUMC). He specialized in cardiovascular research, specifically focusing on the molecular profiling of vulnerable plaques.


Marloes Schepens PhD

Scientist at Danone Research

Marloes Schepens (1981) studied Biomedical Sciences at the Radboud University Nijmegen, with a specialization in Pathobiology. After receiving her MSc degree in 2005, she started her PhD-project within the Top Institute Food and Nutrition. Her project was entitled ‘Nutritional modulation of intestinal inflammation’ and carried out at NIZO food research in Ede. She obtained her PhD-title in 2011 at Maastricht University. Currently she is working as a scientist in gut biology at Danone Research in Wageningen.

Marloes participated in the roundtable-discussions at PCDI Postdoc Retreat 2012.

Wouter van Winden PhD

Principal Scientist Fermentation, DSM

Wouter van Winden obtained a MSC. in Bioprocess Technology at Wageningen University in The Netherlands in 1997. He moved to Delft University of Technology, The Netherlands, for a PhD study on metabolic analysis of the microorganisms Saccharomyces cerevisiae and Penicillium chrysogenum. He combined his PhD research with a job as part-time journalist for the TU Delft weekly.