I studied Medical Biology at the Free University of Amsterdam, the Netherlands, and obtained my PhD at the Laboratory for Cytochemistry and Cytometry at Leiden University. There I developed non-radioactive in situ hybridization techniques for light and electron microscopy. For one year I worked as a JSPS fellow in the Department of Human Genetics at the Nagasaki Medical School in Japan. After that, I studied the organization of the cell nucleus in the Department of Molecular Cell Biology (now CCB) at the LUMC, using live cell imaging techniques. In 2012 I made a career switch towards teaching. Now I teach biomedical and medical students in various courses and develop and organize teaching modules. In addition, I participate in various teaching committees related to the bachelor and master Biomedical Sciences. In 2018, I was awarded the prize for ‘Best Teacher of the Leiden University’ and became a member of the ‘Teachers Academy’.