I obtained an MSc in Molecular Sciences at the Wageningen University & Research Centre (WUR) in 1999. My subsequent scientific career has been fully dedicated to the host-microbe interaction and probiotics field. I obtained my PhD-degree in 2004 at the Wageningen Centre for Food Sciences (WCFS, Wageningen, the Netherlands) on a thesis entitled “The molecular response of Lactobacillus plantarum to intestinal passage and conditions”. Subsequently, I worked as a post-doctoral scientist in the Alimentary Pharmabiotic Centre in Cork (Ireland) investigating host-pathogen interactions in the gastrointestinal tract using Listeria monocytogenes as a model pathogen. My current work at NIZO food research includes a role in contract research, as well as a senior scientist position within TI Food & Nutrition (TIFN, former WCFS) in Wageningen (the Netherlands) in projects entitled “fermentation enhanced probiotic function” & “production and delivery of bioingredients”. Recently, I was appointed as programme leader within the Kluyver Centre for Genomics of Industrial Fermentation and genomics in the LAB programme. My ten years of research have resulted in over 25 peer-reviewed publications.
You can find an overview of my work and the field as a whole in the following 2 reviews: Engineering LAB for increased industrial functionality - Bron & Kleerebezem http://www.landesbioscience.com/journals/31/article/13910/ The extracellular biology of the lactobacilli - Kleerebezem, Hols, Bernard, Rolain, Zhou, Siezen & Bron http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20088967