I obtained my Masters degree in Biomedical Sciences at the University of Antwerp in 1997. From 1997 till 2000 I taught general sciences to secondary school pupils. In 2000 I started my PhD in the Laboratory of Plant Biochemistry and Physiology (University of Antwerp), obtaining a PhD degree in Sciences in 2005. My research was focused on the indole-3-acetic acid production in rhizobia and its role in symbiosis. After my PhD, I joined the research group Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Analysis at the University of Antwerp. Three years I conducted research in an IWT-SBO project, a collaboration between the Lab of Pharmacognosy and Pharmaceutical Analysis, Plant System Biology –VIB - Ghent and the department of Plant Production – University of Ghent. This research was focused on method development (HPLC, LC-MS and UPLC-MS) for the measurement of plant secondary metabolites, specifically saponins. Meanwhile I became Quality Assurance Manager of the University Centre for the Analysis of Pharmaceuticals and Health Products, a BELAC certified laboratory (ISO-norm17025:2005). In July 2008, I started in my current position as research and innovation manager of the NatuRA consortium. The focus is on starting up new projects to increase scientific output of the research groups and collaborations with industrial partners.