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Ellen Dirkx

Ellen Dirkx was born on May 5th, 1985 in Geel, Belgium. In 2006, she participated in the master of “Clinical Molecular Life Sciences” at Hasselt University, Belgium.  For this degree, she performed an internship at Virga Jesse Hospital (Hasselt, Belgium) where she had to optimize metafase-cytogenetics and array comparative genomic hybridization on immunophenotypical plasma cell populations. Her master thesis was written under the supervision of Dr. Brigitte Maes and in July 2007 she graduated.
In September 2007 she started to work as a PhD student at the department of Molecular Genetics of Maastricht University, under supervision of Prof. Dr. Jan Glatz. The topic of her research was “The role of protein kinase-D in the failing heart. In the period from April – June 2011, she worked at the laboratory of Prof. Dr. Eric N. Olson (UTSouthwestern Medical Center, Dallas, USA) to study the effect of MEF2 deletion on PKD function in cardiac metabolism. To accomplish this, she received an Albert Renold Travel Fellowship granted by the European Foundation for the Study of Diabetes. From September 2011 until present, she started as a postdoc fellow at the department of Cardiology of Maastricht University. Under supervision of Prof. Dr. Leon de Windt, she studies transcriptional and post-transcriptional gene regulation during the process of heart failure.