Bérénice Collet graduated from the University of Sciences and Technology of Lille (France). She received her master's degree with a specialisation in Biotechnologies: Cellular and Molecular Engineering. She has a strong interest in human development, reproduction and fertility.
Science-related Work Experience:
The theoretical courses of Bérénice’s MSc were completed by workshops, projects and 11 months of internship spread on the two-year program. In 2015, Bérénice chose to do her internship within Dr. Ina Dobrinski’s laboratory at the Department of Comparative Biology and Experimental Medicine of the University of Calgary, Canada. The aim of the project was to differentiate induced Pluripotent Stem Cells into male germline cells in order to complete spermatogenesis. This work was presented as a potential alternative treatment for infertility. In 2016, she dedicated the last part of her MSc to the study of the consequences of an in utero foetal exposure to chemicals (genistein and DEHP) on the male reproductive system. Her master’s thesis was supervised by Dr. Martine Culty at the Research Institute of the McGill University Health Centre (Montreal, Canada).This two-step work experience allowed Bérénice to study both potential origins of reproductive disorders and possible treatments for infertile couples. Thanks to the PROTECTED project, she is currently undertaking a PhD at BioDetection Systems (Amsterdam, Netherlands), supervised by Dr. Bart van der Burg. Her PhD’s purpose is to “develop a combined chemical-biological detection system for endocrine disruptor mixtures affecting the male reproductive system.”
Other Professional Points-of-Interest:
Bérénice received a practical and theoretical animal training according to the Canadian Council on Animal Care. She also attended workshops including the “Spermatogenesis and Staging the Cycle of the Seminiferous Epithelium of mouse, rat and man” (McGill University). Bérénice’s results were presented at the 43rd Annual Conference of the American Society of Andrology (2017).
Area of science:
Gunnar’s research focuses on toxicology of biological toxins, mainly mycotoxins in feed and food. He has experience and competence from toxicological work ranging from mechanistic cell studies, animal studies and human population studies and exposure assessments related to effects of mycotoxins in food and feed. The overall aim of his work has been to shed light on the significance and potential health risks of these contaminants, to link the effects on a lower organisational levels (in cells) to observed effects on individuals and potential effects on populations. Gunnar also has extensive experience from risk assessment of toxicological compounds in food and feed at national and international level where data from all levels of toxicological studies are integrated.
Gunnar has an MSc in Environmental Toxicology from the University of Oslo and was rewarded a PhD in Animal Science working on toxicological effects of Fusarium toxins on pigs and in cells from Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences in 2003. He has also been working in the Norwegian Food Control Authorities, focusing on monitoring and risk assessments of contaminants in the food.
NVI contact for the network and co-supervisor of ESR 10 (ED effects of cyanobacteria).
Area of science:
Much of Bart’s career has been focused on studying the mode of action of toxicants, alone and in complex mixtures and using this knowledge to design and use specific bioassays. He has ample experience in open innovation and as a leader of academic and industrial research groups of varying composition and has been coordinator of various large-scale collaborative research projects, including the FP7 ChemScreen project on integrated testing methods for reproductive toxicants.
Bart got his PhD at the Faculty of Biology of the Utrecht University. Until 2002 he was a senior scientific staff member at the Hubrecht Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences in Utrecht, after which he joined BioDetection Systems as a Chief Scientific Officer and subsequently Director of Innovation. Director of Innovation at BioDetection Systems.
Supervisor of ESR 14 (Development of a combined chemical-biological detection system for mycotoxin/POP mixtures affecting human development) and ESR 15 (Development of a combined chemical-biological detection system for mycotoxin mixtures affecting animal health).