Team

Our team:

Our international team consists of highly enthusiastic professionals, trained in microbiology, molecular biology, and drug discovery. This provides the foundation for cutting-edge research and innovative solutions. We pride ourselves on delivering high quality products and services.

Koen Dechering, PhD

Chief Executive Officer

Dr. Dechering is a molecular pharmacologist with a background in pharmaceutical and academic research management. He worked as a director of research at Merck Sharpe & Dohme and as assistant professor at the Radboud University in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.

Prof. Dr. Robert Sauerwein, PhD, MD

Chief Scientific Officer

Dr. Sauerwein is an internationally renowned scientist in the field of malaria transmission with an extensive track record in basic and clinical research. He is head of the Centre for Clinical Malaria Studies (CCMS) in Nijmegen, The Netherlands and full Professor of Medical Parasitology at the Radboud University Medical Center.

Maes van Lanschot, LLM

Chief Financial Officer

Mr. van Lanschot has over 20 years worth of experience in the financial industry, including corporate banking, treasury, debt restructuring and asset management working at ABN- AMRO and ING. He was Chief Investment Officer and member of the Board of ING IM Europe.

Karin Koolen, BSc

Research Technician

Mrs. Koolen has a broad knowledge of molecular and cellular biology and assay development. She previously worked at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

Judith Bolscher, MSc

Assistant Research Manager

Mrs. Bolscher has ample experience in immunology and cellular biology and has previously worked in academic and industrial research environments in the Netherlands and in the US.

Martijn Vos, MSc

Assistant Scientist

Mr. Vos is an expert in molecular biology and parasite transgenesis. He has a broad experience in Medical Parasitology and has previously worked at the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre in the Netherlands.

Angelika Sturm, PhD

Senior Scientist

Dr. Sturm is a molecular biologist with a broad expertise in malaria life cycle studies and entomology. She started her career in Germany and has continued her research in Australia before joining TropIQ.

Rob Henderson, BSc

Assistant Scientist

Mr. Henderson is a skilled molecular biologist with previous experience in parasite epigenetics at the department of Molecular Biology, Radboud University Nijmegen.

Laura Pelser-Posthumus

Laboratory technician

Mrs. Pelser-Posthumus is an expert in experimental handling of mosquitoes and serves both TropIQ and the mosquito unit of the Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre.

Godelieve Bosman

Laboratory technician

Mrs. Bosman is a highly experienced tissue culture technician with a strong quality control background. She has previously worked as a laboratory technician at MSD. 

Sameera Patel

Scientist

Dr. Patel has a background in virology and worked at Cambridge University before earning her PhD from the University of Zurich. She is leading the new virology effort of TropIQ in collaboration with Protinhi Therapeutics.

Tonnie Huijs, BSc

Assistant Scientist

Mr. Huijs has previously worked at the Radboud Medical Centre specialising in tissue engineering. He has a broad experience in tissue culture and assay development.

Rianne van der Laak, BSc

Research Technician

Ms. van der Laak has previously worked in a variety of companies which allowed her to gain a broad range of cell biology, molecular biology and microbiology skills.

Marnix Vlot, PhD

Scientist

Dr. Vlot has earned his PhD in molecular microbiology at Wageningen University. He specialises in the molecular mechanism of the CRISPR-Cas gene editing system and will apply his skills to our malaria drug discovery program.  

Youri van Nuland, PhD

Scientist

Dr. van Nuland is an experienced biochemist with a PhD from Wageningen University in the Netherlands. He is an expert in industrial biotechnology and previously worked on metabolic engineering of microorganisms at the interface of public-private research. 

Sascha Bezemer

Master Student

Ms. Sascha Bezemer is a biology master student with the specialisation health and disease. She is enrolled at Wageningen University and Research and will be working with us for 6 months.

Carina Bijsterveld

Business Administrator

Mrs. Bijsterveld is an experienced Business Administrator with a strong background in financial management in various different fields of work. In her previous affiliations she acquired higher lever understandings of implementation, transition and training.

Marloes de Bruijni

Assistant Scientist 

Mrs. De Bruijni is highly trained in a large variety of laboratory techniques in the fields of immunology, cell biology and molecular biology. She also gained experiences in immune-assays as well as test optimisation and validation during her previous work at QM diagnostics.

Avinash Sheshachalam, PhD

Scientist

Dr. Sheshachalam is an experienced cell biologist with a broad expertise in immunology, molecular biology and drug discovery. He obtained his PhD at the University of Alberta, Canada and previously worked in a drug company in India before joining TropIQ.