PhD Student in the group of Prof. Walter Salzburger
Biodiversity and evolution have always fascinated me. From the Páramo ecosystem in the mountains of South America to the deep waters of the Great African Lakes. I pursued my dream of becoming a biologist and over the years I got especially interested in aquatic environments and their organisms, particularly African freshwater fish.
The cichlid fish of Lake Tanganyika show an exceptional adaptive radiation which has intrigued biologists for decades. Over 250 cichlid species exploit all available feeding niches of the lake, with specialised structural and physiological features. My doctorate focusses on the molecular basis of dietary adaptations in these African cichlids.
PhD candidate at the Zoological Institute of the University of Basel, Switzerland.Under supervision of Prof. Walter Salzburger
| 2019 - 2020
|Research assistant on the MbiSa Congo II project at the Royal Museum for Central Africa in Tervuren, Belgium
|2016 - 2019
MSc in Biology (Evolution, Ecology and Conservation Biology) at KU Leuven, Belgium.
Master thesis “Food resources of the Lake Tanganyika sardines: metabarcoding of the stomach content of L. miodon and S. tanganicae” at the Laboratory of Biodiversity and Evolutionary Genomics, under supervision of Prof. Filip Volckaert
|2017 - 2018
MSc in Biology Erasmus exchange year at the University of Gothenburg, Sweden
|2013 - 2017
BSc in Biology (minor Geology) at KU Leuven, Belgium.
Bachelor thesis “Thermal adaptation, intraspecific competition and the effects on ecosystem functions in urban freshwater systems” at the Laboratory of Aquatic Ecology, Evolution and Biodiversity Conservation, under supervision of Prof. Luc De Meester