'I first graduated from the University of Antwerp in biology and physiology in 1989. My final project on perinatal radioactive contamination sparked my interest in disease and health, and led me to transfer to the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences.
In 1995, I completed my PhD in Medical Science and, two years later, I became head of the oncology research laboratory. I remodelled it into what is now the Centre for Oncological Research. Every day, we work with more than 20 PhD students to look for better ways to cure cancer. While the centre’s future is guaranteed, thanks to my fantastic fellow researchers, I can’t just leave it all behind. So even as a vice-rector, I will remain active in our research centre. I will be reducing my activities, though.'