Nature, correspondence – Career development

In this correspondence we  discuss that graduate and Ph.D. students need to be made aware that a position as principal investigator (PI) in academia is not the career default to attain. We argue that a change in the mindset of students via more inclusive guidance concerning future career prospects will help reduce the feeling of failure, with associated depression and anxiety, many Ph.D. students are currently facing. A reset of research career default mindset is needed, among others.

This is correpondence is part of my goal to promote and support professional development of yNVVI and yEFIS network members.

link to Correspondence

Article accepted Nature Communications (2nd author)

Soon available open access:

Follicular T Cells are Clonally and Transcriptionally Distinct in B Cell-Driven Mouse Autoimmune Disease, by
Elliot Akama-Garren, Theo van den Broek*, Lea Simoni*, Carlos Castrillon, Kees van der Poel, and Michael Carroll. (* contributed equally)

As part of my Marie Curie sponsored research activities during my postdoc in the Carroll-lab (Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School). More research to follow.


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Awarded Infection & Immunity Boost Grant

Excited and honored to be selected for this Boost grant. Many great collaborations and projects will follow.

The Infection & Immunity Boost Grant aims to initiate new research projects combining expertise of the infection as well as the immunity research field. The research project addresses pressing questions in the field with an expected promising outcome.

Project title:
To unravel the role of innate signals in the (pre-)differentiation and function of naive T cells

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Author in ‘Voices from the pandemic’ – Cell Reports Medicine

Cell Reports Medicine presents 11 voices from current trainees, including medical students, graduate students, residents, and fellows, who reflect on how the pandemic altered their research, practice, and learning and, in the process, changed them.

I was one of those 11 voices, and for me the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that planning for unforeseen circumstances should be incorporated in our PhD/Post-doc training

All the voices can be found here

Cell Reports medicine

Presenting a webinar about peer-review with Nature Careers

With great enthusiasm I will be presenting my experience, in a Nature Careers organized webinar, on generating a peer review experience for postdocs by starting a new scientific journal, the Journal of Life Sciences.  This webinar will be on the 8th of April 3pm UK-time


more info and registration form can be found here: link