I hold a MSc degree in Bioscience (option Food Industry) from the University College of Ghent and a MSc in Aquaculture from the University of Ghent. Since my high school days, when I studied Modern Languages and Sciences, I have developed a strong interests for the food producing industries, more particular animal production was closest to my interests. After my general education in bioscience, I really wanted to specialize and focus on one specific brand of the food producing industry. Since, from childhood, I am fascinated with the underwater life and keeping in mind my previous education, I decided to enroll for the master program Aquaculture at the University of Ghent.
In my study of aquaculture, I learned to work with and appreciate a diversity of people from countries all over the world. In the last year of my studies, I got the chance to go abroad and do my thesis on a scholarship at the Ocean University of China in Qingdao, one of the best universities worldwide in research in the field of aquaculture. There I became more familiar and fascinated with the topics Nutrition and Physiology. For my master dissertation ‘Anti-nutritional factors in the water extract of five protein sources’, I had a first contact with vegetable feeds as an alternative to fish meal and fish oil based feeds. The idea of a more sustainable development of the aquaculture sector by replacing fish meal with vegetable protein sources really appealed to me. Hence, my choice for the PhD project I am currently working on, which combines the subject of nutrition with the metabolism of bile salts.
My direct supervisor is Dr. Ir. Johan Schrama