I studied Molecular Sciences at Wageningen University, the Netherlands. My PhD was obtained in the lab of Prof. John v Steveninck in the Department of Medical Biochemistry at Leiden University, which was followed by a post-doc position in the lab of Dr. Ronald Mason at NIEHS in Research Triangle Park, NC, USA. After receiving a KNAW fellowship, I came back to the lab of Prof v Steveninck to study free radical formation in cells using Electron Spin Resonance. After several years I got a staff position as assistant professor and became more and more involved in teaching. Finally, I made a complete switch from research to teaching and became associate professor in education. Over the years I have developed and organised numerous teaching modules and programmes in Biomedical Sciences and Medicine, and had various positions in education committees. In 2002, I was awarded the Prof. Dr. Tammeling Prize, which is given annually to the "best lecturer at the LUMC". At the moment, I am program director of the master Biomedical Sciences. For the CCB department I coordinate all teaching activities and head the Education group.