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Laboratory of Cellular Genomic Medicine
Department of Clinical Genetics
P. Debyelaan 25
6229 HX Maastricht
I started my professional career as a Critical Care Nurse in South Africa surrounded by every monitor, pump, regulator, and beeping machine one could have in a hospital. Fascinated by human physiology and the technology we’ve designed to restore normal homeostasis, I’ve excelled in finding the balance of treating my critically ill patients and caring for them. While diseases and injuries have reasonably predictable outcomes and possible scientific answers to most of their unknowns, I was drawn to the questions that do not have clear answers. Questions like; when does life begin and end? When should we prolong life? When could and should we give life? As novel solutions emerge in healthcare, these profound questions at the beginning and the end of life occur most acutely when technology and human pathophysiology intersect.
Today, I have the privilege to be part of a Horizon 2020 project dedicated to finding ethically responsible ways to implement reproductive innovations (Project ERIN). Situated within the Cellular Genomic Medicine and Health Ethics and Society groups at Maastricht University under the wise leadership of Masoud Zamani Esteki and Guido de Wert, and in collaboration with Andres Salumets and Kadri Simm from Tartu University, I form part of the teams at the forefront of reproductive genetics and ethics in the Netherlands and Estonia. My PhD aims to explore the ethics of recent innovations in genome-wide reproductive screenings. I ask if the offer of genome-wide preconception, preimplantation and prenatal screening in public healthcare settings is ethically justified or even desirable, and if so, on what conditions? Also, what impact do the different screenings have on each other and do they still fulfil their desired aims?
PhD student, “The ethics of genome-wide reproductive screening” (Maastricht, NL)
Master of Nursing Science Research, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Transplant Coordinator, Cape Town, South Africa
B.Cur. Honours. Critical Care, Stellenbosch University, Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Critical Care Nurse, Cape Town, South Africa
B.Cur. in Nursing Science, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa
Advanced Masters of Bioethics, KU Leuven, Leuven, Belgium
Honors & Awards
2020 Member of the Declaration of Istanbul Custodian Group
2020 Magna Cum Laude awarded with Advanced Master in Bioethics
2016 Member of the South African Transplantation Society Executive
2010 Top 3 Academic Achievers award in the Honours Critical Care Nursing program
2007 Henrietta Stockdale Trophy for the best professional development as a student and the J.L. van Schaik prize for the most versatile student in the B.Cur program
2007 Member of the Sigma Theta Tau International Honour Society
2005 Travel grant to partake in a 3-month nursing exchange program, the University of South Bohemia, Czech Republic
I love spending time with family and friends, being active, and tasting good wine and fine food. I find the challenge of seeing different viewpoints and worldviews exhilarating, be it to seeing the world through other persons’ eyes or seeing the world from another mountain viewpoint. Together with my husband, I have the privilege to raise the cutes baby boy in the world. Admittedly, we are pretty bias, but, yeah, this bias makes us forget about the things that we previously thought we couldn’t go without… like 8 hours of sleep ;)