AM program manager
In November 1997 I started working at the HLA laboratory of the department now known as the department of Immunology of the LUMC. I specialized in HLA antibody identification and was involved in the introduction of several new techniques for antibody detection and identification. Over the years my work slowly shifted towards analyzing sera of highly immunized patients awaiting a renal transplant, and I was also trained as an internal auditor for the ISO15189. In this capacity I was involved in the implementation of the ISO15189 for the HLA laboratory.
My work took a major turn in 2016 when I got employed by the Eurotransplant Reference Laboratory and started assisting Marian Witvliet at in managing the Eurotransplant Acceptable mismatch (AM) program. Gradually Marian decreased her activities and retired in 2019, leaving me in charge of the AM program which I continue to do so with great pleasure.
I studied microbiology at the Hogeschool Etten-Leur. In 1995 I graduated after a one-year internship at Withington University Hospital in Manchester (UK) working on a PCR method for the detection and specification of Campylobacter species. That same year I started working in the department of Microbiology of the St Lucas-Andreas hospital in Amsterdam. In 1997 I moved to Leiden and started working at the department of Immunology (then IHB) of the LUMC.