To get to know our PIs better, they are invited to answer three at least three questions about CarBon, research in general and/or themselves. We start with Linda Kock, Head of Research at LifeTec and recently nominated Adjunct Assistant Professor at Eindhoven University.
- What does CarBon mean to you?
CarBon has several meanings to me. First, it is a scientifically challenging project, focusing on improved treatment of bone defects and osteoarthritis. My background (MSc and PhD) is in cartilage mechanics and repair, which is very close to the CarBon project. I find it very exciting, but also very important as so many people, even around me, are suffering from these type of diseases. Second, being in this consortium is a true pleasure. There is so much quality amongst the PIs and ESRs, which is really useful to make it to a success. But, maybe even more important, all people involved are so nice and helpful! From the first meeting on I had the feeling that we were a close team, which I enjoy a lot. Carbon creates a great network with lots of opportunities for the future! And third, it means a lot to me that we can train young investigators to become good in what they are doing, to give them opportunities to develop themselves and to challenge them. It is so amazing to see them from start to end, becoming mature and independent researchers, that makes me proud and gives me a lot of energy!
- What are your personal aims in science/research?
Developing relevant (ex vivo) platforms to evaluate medical devices, treatments and therapies to reduce the need for animal experiments. I do think we use way to many animals in research, which can be more and more reduced making use of representative, validated alternatives. At LifeTec Group I am working on development of these kind of platforms, but I am also involved in several networks and consortia that focus on reducing and replacing animal experiments. This is really important to me personally, but it also serves the (scientific) community in general.
- What was your very first lab project?
In my first lab project I developed a method to detect hypoxia in tissue engineered blood vessels. This was during my 3rd year of the bachelor Biomedical Engineering and Eindhoven University of Technology. After this project I knew that the lab was the place to be and since then I spent many years in different labs working on different tissue engineering and regenerative medicine projects.
- What is your passion in life?
My biggest passion in life is doing sports. I run half marathons, I like to cycle on my race bike alone or with friends and I go to the gym. Especially the endurance sports help me to clear my mind and to generate new ideas.
- What is your favorite movie or book?
I am not such a movie person (I am not patient enough to sit on the couch for more than an hour), but I like to read books in the train on my way to work. My absolute favorite book is ‘The discovery of heaven’ by the Dutch author Harry Mulisch.