Interview Ryanne Arisz


Born: in 1996, Rotterdam, The Netherlands

Lives in Rotterdam

Studied: Biomedical Sciences at the University of Amsterdam

First job: PhD in WP03

Sports: I have played basket for 11 years. I stopped going to University, maybe I’ll start it up again, being back in Rotterdam.

Book: Inferno (Dan Brown)

Film: Mamma Mia, a movie which chears you up every time you watch it

Music: I listen to different styles of music. Together with my friends I listen to the British Band Bastille, but I also like, with some influence from my father: Deep Purple and Within Temptation

Instrument: None unfortunately

Favorite Quote: A little progress every day adds up to the big results

Essential: A group of friends who support you through thick and thin

What is your goal and what have you achieved in 4 years?

The aim of my project is to better understand the process of blood clotting and the origin of bleeding in patients. To investigate this, we try to mimic the conditions inside the blood vessel as much as possible in our laboratory. We hope to integrate the knowledge we gain about the clotting process into diagnostics. By further improving our diagnostics, we want to gain more insight into the risks of bleeding per patient. In addition, we also want to use diagnostics to better monitor medication levels during treatment.

I also hope to develop as a researcher on a personal level. I would like to improve my practical skills, but also gain knowledge in the field and exchange ideas and findings with others. SYMPHONY is in any case an excellent opportunity for that.

What disease do you work on?

Hemophilia A, Hemophilia B and Van Willebrand disease

How will your research improve the lives of these patients?

By further improving our diagnostics, we want to gain more insight into the risks of bleeding per patient. During first diagnostics and also during treatment.

Who is your great inspiration?

I don’t really have anyone who is my big inspiration. I have had the opportunity to work with many nice people during my various internships. They showed me how fun and interesting research can be and although experiments don’t always end as you had in mind, this can lead to new insights.