I obtained my MSc (2004) and PhD (2008) degrees in biochemistry from the Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium. As a PhD student, I was investigated how protein-lipid interactions regulate antibiotic resistance in bacteria.
During mypostdoctoral studies at Karolinska Institute (Sweden), I was investigated the mechanical behavior of the sound transduction apparatus in conditions that characterise noise-induced hearing loss.
My current research at Linköping University (Sweden) is focused on molecular processes that take place during the development of noise-induced hearing loss and how these processes can be blocked to prevent hearing loss.
Molecular basis for noise-induced hearing loss
Noise trauma is a leading cause of hearing-loss, but neither curative nor preventive therapy exists because the molecular mechanisms behind this morbidity remain elusive.
The aim of my research is to express calcium sensors such as GCaMP6 in the hearing organ to investigate how calcium-based sound transduction mechanisms contribute to the development of noise-induced hearing loss and how these mechanisms can be blocked molecularly to prevent hearing loss.