Dr. ir. Marianne van den Broek, has completed her studies of Bioscience Engineering with focus on cell and gene technology and minor industrial microbiology at the Catholic University of Leuven in 2012. In 2013, she started a PhD at the University of Antwerp in the Lab of Prof. dr. ir. Sarah Lebeer about the in vitro and in vivo probiotic potential of Lactobacillus spp for otitis media which she successfully finalized in February 2018. At this moment she is working as a postdoc in this lab with a focus on the potential of several probiotics for upper respiratory tract diseases and the impact on the local microbiome.