Personal Health Department, Philips Research, Eindhoven, The Netherlands
At the School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences of Bangor University, I have done a PhD on the influence of glucose availability on metabolism in skeletal muscle tissue and its role in the development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. During the 4 years of my PhD I have learned to organize small clinical trials, and at the same time manage in vitro lab work. This is all thanks to the capable supervision of my university mentors. I became a Research Scientist at Philips Research in November 2010, while finishing my PhD in Exercise and Nutrition Physiology in Bangor and I defended my PhD work on the 19th of April 2011.
At Philips Research I have been appointed to be a project leader in several research projects. I have been collaborating with universities and hospitals, among which the Jeroen Bosch Hospital in ‘s-Hertogenbosch for a clinical trial on obese children; Maastricht University for a study on physical activity monitoring; the Academic Medical Centre of Amsterdam and the Maxima Medical Centre of Eindhoven for a study on rehabilitation solutions for chronically ill patients. As an exercise physiologist I have contributed to the development of a world-class optical heart rate sensor commercialized by MIO® Global, http://www.alphaheartrate.com/. I kept collaborating with Bangor University where I got my PhD and Milan University where I got my BSc.
Thanks to the experience that I acquired while doing my PhD at SSHES and the stimulating intellectual environment that Bangor University provided me, I have managed to establish myself as a topic expert in my current organization and I quickly adapted my academic skills to industrial research needs. I became proficient in evaluating market trends and the validity of the various offerings and I became productive in patent ideation and writing. My PhD at Bangor University provided the basis for my development as a researcher