After the pioneer year of the ECTS Newsletter, led by Núria Guañabens, the Newsletter will have a new Editor in Chief from January 2018. I was asked to become her successor and it is an honor and privilege to do so. Below, I will introduce myself to the ECTS.
I was trained as cell biologist at the Wageningen University and Research Centre, Wageningen, The Netherlands. I obtained my PhD on “The plasminogen activation system in melanocytic tumors” in 1996 at the Department of Pathology at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, at the Eastern part of The Netherlands, where I did a post-doctoral research period on molecular detection of melanoma cells in the circulation. I joined the bone field in 1999 at the Department of Periodontology at the Academic Centre for Dentistry Amsterdam (ACTA), where I specialized in osteoclasts and osteoclast precursor cells under the inspiring guidance of Vincent Everts. I obtained a fellowship from the Royal Dutch Academy of Arts and Sciences to further pursue my studies on osteoclast precursor diversity and their contribution to osteoclast diversity. Next to spending time in research, I am a dedicated teacher of a Molecular Biology and a Laboratory Techniques course at the liberal arts and sciences academy Amsterdam University College.
I am honored to take part in the Newsletter Team and to contribute in the dissemination of Europe’s society for calcified tissue research, the ECTS. I will do my utmost best to maintain the quality of the ECTS Newsletter for the coming year.
I thank Núria for her pioneering work at the ECTS Newsletter and wish her all the best for the future!