Hello, my name is Alexander Stephany; I am the most recently recruited CONSENSE member — ESR2.
From the age of 6, I have lived south of Brussels — in Wallonia, the French-speaking part of Belgium. During my years in Belgium, like many teenagers, I was part of a scouting group. At 18, I continued as a leader for children aged between 7-12 for 5 years.
My journey in science
I began my studies at the Université Catholique de Louvain, where I obtained both my Bachelor’s and Master’s degree. I did my Master’s thesis in the laboratory of Prof. Patrice Soumillion. The scope of this thesis was to purify and characterize the L- and D-transpeptidases from Escherichia coli. This allowed me to acquire experience in molecular biology and biochemistry. This was possible thanks to my mentor who did a great job of sharing his experience and inspired me to continue in research.
After my studies, I worked for a university start-up, studying human nuclear receptors active in cancer development. Thanks to the great team at this company I gained new skills and more experience.
Where I am now
I have just started a new adventure at the TU/e, in the Netherlands, in the protein engineering group of Prof. Maarten Merkx. This challenge is a great opportunity for me to learn about directed evolution, protein engineering, antibodies, and biochemistry in general. All this is possible thanks to the support from the CONSENSE ITN network.
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Author: Alexander Stephany